Lions may be forced to leave their coach and two players in isolation in Johannesburg when they move to Cape Town

When the Lions travel to Cape Town on Sunday, Warren Gatland may be forced to leave one of his coaching deputy and two players in Johannesburg.

After the Covid crisis in the camp forced 14 people to be quarantined, Friday’s tour team is sweating for more results.


The lions crossed their fingers and the PCR test result was negativeCredit: Getty Images-Getty

A coach and a player tested positive and there were 12 close contacts between them.

The Lions insist that the player’s current test result is negative and must do so again today to continue tomorrow’s game.

Offensive coach Gregor Townsend was the most notable coach missing in the victory over the Sharks on Wednesday night.

Although the Lions will not leave who is positive-it does say that the other two players are close contacts of Gatland’s infected staff.

Lions Managing Director Ben Calveley said: “I am really happy to report that no one is particularly suffering.

“So there is nothing to worry about in particular for anyone. We are making sure that everyone remains isolated to avoid being cautious.

“We are doing it step by step. This is to get Saturday’s game to be delivered. But of course, we need a negative PCR test.”

In more massacres, if enough bodies are released from the quarantine, the Lions will face the Sharks again in Pretoria tomorrow.

If the game is over, then they will also have to bear a financial blow.
Calvelli said: “All games have value.

“If any one of these matches does not continue, you may suffer financial losses.

“The reality is that most of the value is related to the test game. But every game before the test is also valuable.”

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