Cardiff's return to home delayed after two members test positive for Covid-19

The squad was in South Africa to compete in the United Rugby Championship
The squad was in South Africa to compete in the United Rugby Championship

Cardiff become the latest team to be stranded in South Africa as their departure back home has been delayed after two members in the squad tested positive for Covid-19.

Cardiff along with Scarlets, Munster and Zebre were part of the South Africa leg of the United Rugby Championship matches which was cancelled due to concerns over the new variant in the country.

With the UK adding South Africa to the travel 'red-list', the teams were desperate to make a return back to the home country but now Cardiff's plans suffered a major setback as two members were tested positive forcing the entire squad to isolate.

Earlier, Munster also remained in Cape Town after a player was tested positive for Covid-19 delaying their departure to Ireland.

“The travelling party had hoped to depart Cape Town this afternoon after a charter plane was secured, however, PCR tests undertaken last night have returned two positive results.

As a consequence of one of these results suspected of being Omicron, the entire travelling party have returned to their hotel to isolate.

“Cardiff Rugby continue to work with the South African Rugby Union, the Welsh Rugby Union and public health authorities both at home and abroad to decide the next course of action.

“The club are also continuing to work with all relevant authorities to secure the travelling party’s return to Wales when safe and appropriate.”