British and Irish Lions: Two players isolate themselves after positive coronavirus test in management team

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British and Irish Lions: Two players isolate themselves after positive coronavirus test in management team


Wednesday’s tour game against the Cell C Sharks has been postponed to kick off at 7 p.m. as the Lions await the results of subsequent PCR tests; the Lions said the individual and four close contacts, including two players and two staff, are isolated and assessed at the team’s hotel.

Last update: 07/07/21 2:25 p.m.



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Sarra Elgan provides update from Johannesburg where five British and Irish Lions camp members self-isolate after positive coronavirus test in management team

Sarra Elgan provides update from Johannesburg where five British and Irish Lions camp members self-isolate after positive coronavirus test in management team

Five members of the British and Irish Lions camp, including two players, are isolating themselves after a positive coronavirus test in the management team.

The Lions said the individual and four close contacts were isolated and assessed at the team hotel.

The positive result came from a lateral flow test as part of the Lions touring screening program on Wednesday.

All tour members have since been PCR tested ahead of Wednesday’s tour game against the Cell C Sharks, which was pushed back to 7 p.m. pending results.

The Lions added that Wednesday’s game will take place “provided the next round of PCR tests give negative results later this afternoon.”

The latest developments are a huge setback for the tour’s prospects. The Lions are set to face South Africa in a three-test series, starting July 24.

Sarra Elgan reports from Johannesburg where coronavirus cases are on the rise and could disrupt schedules for British and Irish Lions and South Africa.

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Sarra Elgan reports from Johannesburg where coronavirus cases are on the rise and could disrupt schedules for British and Irish Lions and South Africa.

Sarra Elgan reports from Johannesburg where coronavirus cases are on the rise and could disrupt schedules for British and Irish Lions and South Africa.

The statement added: “If so, the kick-off time for tonight’s game will be adjusted to 8 p.m. local time, 7 p.m. BST. “

The Springboks’ scheduled warm-up test against Georgia on Friday, meanwhile, was canceled due to Covid-19 infections at both camps, SA Rugby said.

Lions chief executive Ben Calveley said: “We have followed all necessary precautions since the start of the tour, which included regular testing and rigorous Covid-19 countermeasures planning and protocols.

“Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of the entire tour, which is why we quickly isolated the players and staff upon news of the positive outcome.

“Everyone then went through a lateral flow test and a PCR test. The medical advisory group is awaiting the results of the PCR test in order to make a decision on tonight’s game.

“The five affected people will be closely monitored during isolation and will receive the best possible medical care while awaiting the results of their PCR tests.

“Further updates will follow in due course. “

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