Munster to remain in South Africa after a player tests positive for Covid-19

Munster were initially scheduled to fly back to Ireland on Sunday
Munster were initially scheduled to fly back to Ireland on Sunday

Munster have announced that the squad will not be departing to Ireland from South Africa after a player was tested positive for Covid-19.

The Irish side were set to face Vodacom Bulls and Emirates Lions in successive weekends but the United Rugby Championship had announced the postponement of the fixtures due to concern over the newly emerged ‘omicron’ variant of Covid-19.

With the travel restrictions set to be effective, Munster were determined to return back to Ireland from Cape Town on Sunday failing which they had to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival which could hamper their preparations for the European competitions.

Nevertheless, with a player testing positive, the squad and staff members now will isolate in the team hotel in South Africa seeking further guidance.

"After arriving at their hotel in Cape Town late last night the squad underwent a round of PCR testing ahead of today's possible departure," read a statement.

"The returning results have identified one positive case.

"In taking all precautions and prioritising the health and well-being of everyone, Munster Rugby will not travel today and will return to their hotel for an isolation period as a matter of priority.

"The province will await further guidance from the health authorities."