A setback for Munster.
Munster’s return home from South Africa has been plunged into turmoil after it emerged one member of their squad returned a positive Covid-19 test result today.
The Southern province had been due to travel home this afternoon after the emergence of a new Covid-19 strain was found in the country earlier this week.
But on the day they were meant to return home, they will now have to remain in the country for the time being as they isolate in their hotel rooms.
Munster’s preparations plunged into chaos by positive Covid-19 test result.
“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,” a Munster Rugby statement read.
“The returning results have identified one positive case.
Travel Update #MunsterInSA ??
Munster Rugby will remain in Cape Town while we wait on next steps from the health authorities after returning one positive case in our latest testing.
Thanks for all the messages of support and best wishes.#SUAF ?
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) November 28, 2021
“In taking all precautions and prioritising the health and wellbeing 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.”
News of this positive test result comes at a time when their fixture list is starting to pile up ahead of the Christmas period.
And while health is far more important than sport, it now appears very likely that Munster’s opening European game will be impacted as a result.
As it stands, people returning to Ireland from South Africa will have to adhere to a mandatory home quarantine due to the latest strain of Covid-19.
It is unclear whether an exemption will apply to elite sport athletes, however.