Lions tour in danger of imploding after outbreak

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Josh Navidi of The British and Irish Lions breaks distant to people a effort against the Sharks.

The British and Irish Lions' sojourn to South Africa was successful information of unravelling Wednesday arsenic the tourists confirmed 2 COVID-19 cases among their party, connected the aforesaid time the Springboks cancelled their 2nd warm-up Test against Georgia due to the fact that of microorganism outbreaks successful some those squads.

The developments underlined fears raised months agone that the circuit would coincide with a wintertime surge successful coronavirus infections successful South Africa, which is Africa's worst-affected country. The Johannesburg region, wherever the Lions and Springboks are based, has been particularly hard-hit by the caller question of cases.

A Lions circuit crippled this play against the Bulls successful Pretoria had already been postponed due to the fact that of yet different outbreak, this 1 successful the Bulls team.

Josh Navidi of The British and Irish Lions breaks distant to people a effort against the Sharks. (Getty)

The Lions' crippled connected Wednesday nighttime against the Sharks successful Johannesburg went up aft the kick-off was delayed for an hr to let the tourists to get the results of much microorganism tests.

Those checks identified a 2nd affirmative trial and a full of 12 adjacent contacts, resulting successful a raft of changes to the team. The Lions were stretched truthful bladed that lone 1 backline player, Finn Russell, was disposable connected the bench.

The Lions didn't place the unit subordinate oregon the subordinate who tested positive.

South Africa said it had cancelled its 2nd Test against Georgia scheduled for Friday night, besides successful Johannesburg, aft astatine slightest a twelve affirmative microorganism tests among Springboks players and unit since Monday. They included caput manager Jacques Nienaber.

Georgia besides had six affirmative tests successful its camp, confirming outbreaks successful some teams aft they played the archetypal trial past Friday successful Pretoria.

Another Lions crippled adjacent Wednesday, against South Africa A successful Cape Town, is besides successful doubt.

Finn Russell of The British and Irish Lions prepares to footwear a conversion against the Sharks. (Getty)

The fixture volition beryllium connected the grade of the outbreaks successful the Lions and Springboks squads. Players for the South Africa A squad volition beryllium taken from the larger Springboks squad, which is present successful isolation successful its squad hotel.

Anyone who has tested affirmative oregon deemed to beryllium a adjacent interaction of idiosyncratic who has tested affirmative indispensable isolate, and is not allowed to question for astatine slightest 10 days, according to South African authorities guidelines.

That means South Africa and the Lions whitethorn person to permission players and coaching unit down successful isolation successful Johannesburg erstwhile the circuit moves to Cape Town.

"The enlarged Springbok squad's question plans are present being reviewed to comply with COVID-19 protocols," SA Rugby said.

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