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Munster Rugby player tests positive for COVID-19

Munster Covid

Munster have released a statement.

Munster Rugby have confirmed that a player within their squad has tested positive for COVID-19.

Munster Covid

The player is a part of the province’s Academy and he immediately self-isolated after experiencing symptoms on Sunday.

As a result, Munster did not hold training today for either their senior squad or Academy squad.

A contingent of Munster’s Academy has been training with the senior squad in recent weeks.

Munster Covid

Munster Covid-19 Close Contacts

The southern province state that they have identified five Academy players and one senior player as potential close contacts to the COVID-19 positive player.

Munster will await further guidance from the HSE regarding contact tracing while the squad will return to the High Performance Centre in Limerick on Monday to undergo routine PCR testing in line with IRFU protocols.

Munster Rugby Head of Medical, Dr Jamie Kearns, said: “The health and safety of our players and staff is the priority and that is why we are taking all precautions, going above and beyond, ensuring the safe resumption of training and rugby next week.

Dr Jamie Kearns

“The player involved has not been in the High-Performance Centre this week and the HSE have confirmed that the training group are not considered as close contacts.

“The individual is continuing to be monitored medically and remains well.

“There are protocols and policies in place that everyone has been following, and we will continue to be vigilant in all our efforts as we move closer to the return of rugby on Saturday week.”

Munster Covid-19 Statement

You can find the full statement below:

“Munster Rugby have been assisting an Academy player within the wider training squad who has tested positive for Covid-19.

“As a precautionary measure the squad and Academy did not train today at the HPC and Thomond Park.

“The individual immediately self-isolated on development of symptoms on Sunday.

“The HSE have been contacted and the contact tracing process has commenced.

“In taking all precautions Munster Rugby have immediately identified five academy players and one senior player as potential close contacts from social and household settings and the six players have already commenced self-isolating.

“The province will await further guidance from the HSE in this regard.

“The senior squad will return to the HPC on Monday to complete the third phase of the IRFU’s routine PCR testing and resume preparations for the Guinness PRO14 encounter against Leinster.

“Test results will be released publicly in line with the process for phase one and two of these routine tests.

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