It looks like Ardie Savea won’t be available for the All Blacks this weekend as it has been confirmed that the backrower has contracted the mumps.
Savea now becomes the third All Blacks player to contract the viral disease after Jack Goodue and Rieko Ioane were both struck down with it. Goodue suffered from it before the squad travelled to the northern hemisphere which delayed his travel plans by a week while Ioane picked it up in London but was able to recover in time to play against France in Paris the following week.
The All Blacks reckon that Savea contracted the mumps from Ioane.
“He’s in his room, and has been in isolation for a few days. He has been fully vaccinated previously as a kid, but clearly, he has got something. He’s recovering pretty quickly, so we’ve just kept him apart [from the team],” assistant coach Ian Foster told Stuff.
Foster was then asked if there were any new cases of the disease in the squad which he said there was not.
“Are we worried about it? No, we’re not. But have we taken every precaution? Yes, we have. Clearly, Ardie must have been in fairly close proximity to Rieko at some point.
“If you look at time-lines that’s probably how it would work.”
Savea has yet to appear for the All Blacks in a Test scenario (he did appear against a French XV but this was an uncapped fixture) so far on this tour and that will look to be the case again for this weekend.
Meanwhile, Kieran Read took a break from training this week in the hope that he will recover from a bruising couple of weeks to take on Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.