South Africa Rugby boss Jurie Roux confident Covid outbreak in Emirates Lions camp won't affect Lions series

British and Irish Lions will be keeping a close watch on Covid cases in South Africa
British and Irish Lions will be keeping a close watch on Covid cases in South Africa

South Africa chief executive Jurie Roux is confident that the recent Covid-19 outbreak in the Emirates Lions camp will not affect the upcoming series against British and Irish Lions.

The outbreak also forced Emirates Lions' final round Rainbow Cup South Africa encounter against DHL Stormers in Cape Town to be cancelled.

The British and Irish Lions will be closely watching the movements in the country as they kick-off their South Africa tour with a clash against Emirates Lions on 3rd July but Roux insisted that the situation is well managed.

"The Emirates Lions have followed all protocols and taken all the appropriate steps," he said.

"While the cancellation is unfortunate, their approach ensures that the risk of cancellation of their match against the British and Irish Lions in the Castle Lager Lions Series on 3 July is well managed."

Earlier, South Africa Rugby in a statement confirmed that Stormers were awarded four points.

"The PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between the Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers, scheduled for Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, has been cancelled in line with Covid-19 protocols.

"The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases to limit the risk of further infection in the rugby community.

"The decision was triggered on Friday following receipt of positive results from scheduled testing of the Emirates Lions squad.

"As determined by the competition rules, the DHL Stormers will be awarded four log points because of the cancellation."