Fiji players test negative for Covid-19

Fiji head coach Vern Cotter
Fiji head coach Vern Cotter

Fiji Rugby Union has confirmed that the players, who were tested positive for Covid-19 have returned negative results ahead of the Autumn Nations Cup.

The players are tested two times every week ahead of the eight-team tournament that also involves all the Six Nations teams along with Georgia.

Their preparations were hampered after three players were tested positive earlier in the week and were isolated from the rest of the squad members which also forced their warm-up game against Portugal cancelled.

However, the latest round of testing has seen the players cleared of Covid-19 except for one case where the result was inconclusive and as a result the player will be re-tested.

"We are very grateful that the entire team has now tested negative and are thankful to everyone in camp for complying with Covid-19 requirements and practising hygiene protocols, ensuring such an outcome," said Fiji Rugby CEO John O'Connor.

"But are confident that the result will return negative before we march into our tournament base camp. We are excited that the entire team has now tested negative so we can focus on our preparations."

Glasgow Warriors duo Mesulame Dolokoto and Leone Nakarawa along with Bristol's Semi Radradra will link up with the squad next week.

Vern Cotter's side will kick-start their Autumn Nations Cup campaign with a clash against France on 15th November.