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Rassie Erasmus ‘pretty confident’ Springboks will play on Friday despite Covid-19 cases

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Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus is confident their game on Friday will go ahead despite the positive Covid-19 cases

South Africa had to cancel their training session on Sunday. This was after scheduled testing returned three positive cases of Covid-19 within their squad.

South Africa are due to play Georgia this Friday before taking on the British and Irish Lions this summer.

The Georgia fixture will be their first test match since the 2019 Rugby World Cup win. However, Erasmus is hopeful that the positive cases won’t be a reason to cancel the game.

“The Lions Tour SA Medical Advisory Group have received all the necessary data and information, and we are waiting on them to advise what the next steps will be,” Rassie Erasmus told the Springboks’ official website.

“When they say we can start training again, we will, and hopefully it is tomorrow, and if not, it may be the following day. But we have 45 players here and only three have tested positive.

“So, we are fairly confident that depending on what the committee recommends we will be able to train [this week] and play on Friday.”

Entire Springboks squad in self-isolation after three positive cases.

The entire Springboks squad were put into self-isolation as a precaution on Sunday after three players tested positive after PCR tests were done on arrival at the team base in Bloemfontein.

South Africa are due to play their first test match in 20 months against Georgia at Loftus Versfield in Pretoria this Friday, before playing the Georgians for a second time the following Friday at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, the Lions are set to play their first game on South African soil this Saturday against the Johannesburg-based Lions.

The Lions started their summer programme with a win against Japan in Edinburgh on Saturday.

However, the win came at a cost for Alun Wyn Jones. The Welsh skipper dislocated his shoulder which rules him out of the rest of the tour.

Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray will now take over as Lions captain for the tour, despite not having captained either Munster or Ireland in his career to date.

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