Springboks squad isolating again after De Jager’s positive Covid test


outh Africa’s preparations for the upcoming Test series against the British and Irish Lions have been disrupted again after the squad were forced to isolate for the second time in eight days.

Springbok training was suspended on Monday after Sale Sharks lock Lood de Jager returned a positive result in the latest round of Covid-19 testing.

The entire group have now entered precautionary isolation due to De Jager’s close contact with a number of squad members.

It remains to be seen if South Africa will be able to fulfil their latest fixture against Georgia on Friday night.

“Springbok training has been suspended for Monday following a positive test for COVID-19 in the squad,” read a statement from South Africa Rugby.

“The players have been placed in preventative isolation prior to further PCR testing and a review of the testing data by the Medical Advisory Group (MAG).

“Lood de Jager retuned a positive outcome in scheduled testing and, because of his close contact with a number of squad members, the entire group has gone into isolation.

“An update will be issued following the review by the MAG and the further testing.”

Training was cancelled that day too, but the Springboks were able to resume activities the next day and play their first Test for 20 months – since their victorious 2019 World Cup campaign in Japan – at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

In the first of their two Lions warm-up matches against Georgia, the reigning world champions ran out comfortable 40-9 winners.

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