South Africa squad placed in isolation after another positive Covid case

South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus
South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus
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South Africa Rugby has confirmed that the Springboks squad have suspended their training and are under isolation following a positive Covid-19 case.

The decision follows after second row Lood de Jager returned positive in the latest round of testing forcing the entire squad to be in quarantine.

This is the second time the squad was forced into isolation after Vincent Koch, Herschel Jantjies, and Sbu Nkosi were tested positive for Covid-19 even though Jantjies returned negative later on to take part in the first Test against Georgia on 2nd July.

A statement from South Africa Rugby revealed that the current isolation was "preventative" and an update will be provided after further testing.

"The players have been placed in preventative isolation prior to further PCR testing and a review of the testing data by the Medical Advisory Group (MAG)," read a statement.

"An update will be issued following the review by the MAG and the further testing."

The second Test between South Africa and Georgia will be played at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on 10th July with the three-game series against the British and Irish Lions kick-starting on 24th July.