After lock Lood de Jager tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, South Africa was placed in isolation for the second time in as many weeks.
“Lood de Jager returned a positive result in planned testing and, owing of his close interaction with a number of team members, the entire group has gone into isolation,” according to a South African Rugby statement.
The 45-man squad was placed in isolation at a Johannesburg hotel after winger Sibusiso Nkosi, scrum-half Herschel Jantjies, and prop Vincent Koch tested positive for Covid-19 last weekend. Jantjies’ test turned out to be a false positive, and he came off the bench in last Friday’s 40-9 win over Georgia.
The two countries would then meet again this Friday in Johannesburg, with South Africa preparing for a three-week Test series against the touring British and Irish Lions beginning July 24.
The Springboks were forced to cancel all 13 home and away Tests scheduled for last year due to the Corona virus.
Springboks has been Placed in Isolation Again after Team Member De Jager Tests Positive
The match against Georgia in Pretoria last Friday was the first for the world champions in 20 months since they defeated England convincingly to win the Rugby World Cup a record-equaling third time.
Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber reacted to the initial isolation by saying he did not believe the Lions tour was in jeopardy.
“There is no Springbok player who does not want to participate in this tour because it is so special, coming around just once every 12 years.
“I am not an expert in Covid, viruses and virology, but we are trying to mitigate the risks of infection and adhere to the health protocols.
“With a virus, I do not think you can completely take away the risk of contracting it, but the precautions being taken to keep us as safe as possible are magical and we are abiding by them.”
The Springboks, Georgia, and Lions are all living in bio bubbles and only leaving them for training, matches, and travel.
With 2,062,896 cases and 61,840 deaths as of Sunday night, South Africa is the African country most impacted by the pandemic.
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