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British and Irish Lions 2021: Tour of Covid cases at Bulls camp

Benetton defeated the Bulls in the Pro14 Rainbow Cup Final in June

The British-Irish Lions’ match against the Vodacom Bulls regional team in South Africa on Saturday was postponed due to Covid-19 cases at the host camp.

It’s the first tour game to be affected in a country with a high number of infections.

Tour operators hope to reschedule the game or find different opponents for the Lions.

There are also doubts about South Africa’s preparations against Georgia on Friday.

The Springboks have been quarantined, with training suspended while they deal with the outbreak.

The South African rugby leaders said: “Four Bulls players and one member of the management have returned positive tests which, combined with their close contacts, made it impossible for them to put together a team, according to chain of custody protocols.

“The series regulations provide for additional matches to be added in the middle of the week upon agreement between organizations.

Meanwhile, four positive results among the Georgian team, four additional positive tests among the Springbok players (Marvin Urey, France Stein, Hendry Pollard and Frans Malherbe) as well as six results among management, including head coach Jacques Ninabber and a masseuse, further complicating the game. planning…”

Jory Rowe, CEO of SA Rugby, said: “These positive results are a setback and have underlined the risk of a Delta version transmission.

“Springboks’ second test against Georgia is now in serious doubt.”

A decision on Friday’s match will be made on Wednesday,

“The priority is to maintain the integrity of the test series and we will continue to focus on that,” Rowe said.

host country Training was previously suspended on June 27 Because of three positive tests, they were later allowed to play.

Lood de Jager’s second grader had tested positive earlier, with Vincent Koch, Herschel Gentgis and Spo Nkosi returning with positive results on June 27.

Jantjies later came back with a negative test and was a substitute at Springboks beat Georgia 9-40 Last Friday in Pretoria – their first test match since winning the 2019 World Cup.

The next day, the Lions played their first match on South African soil by defeating Sigma Lions 14-56 in Johannesburg.

South Africa is battling a third wave of coronavirus and has gone into a strict lockdown just as the lions arrived last week.

Speaking before the match was called off, Lions defense coach Steve Tandy said the tourists It will adapt to any disturbance.

The Lions vs Cell C Sharks match will continue on Wednesday, July 7th.

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