The British & Irish Lions’ match against the Cell C Sharks on Wednesday has been thrown into doubt after a member of the tourists’ management team tested positive
The incident has forced two players into isolation following close contact with the member of staff.
The entire squad will now undergo an additional round of PCR tests and, providing the results come back negative, the match will go ahead with a later kick-off time of 7pm.
Gatland is expected to announce changes to his team sheet in the coming hours.
“We have followed all necessary precautions since the start of the Tour, which included regular testing and rigorous Covid-19 counter measure planning and protocols,” said Lions managing director Ben Calveley.
“Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of the entire touring party, which is why we quickly isolated the players and staff upon receiving the news of the positive result.
“Everyone has subsequently been lateral flow and PCR tested. The Medical Advisory Group await the results of the PCR testing in order to make a decision on tonight’s game.”
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Lions injury update:
Stuart Hogg (Dead leg): The Scotland captain, who is named among the replacements for the game at Emirates Airline Park, is nursing an injury.
Hogg skippered the Lions to a 56-14 victory over the Sigma Lions in the tour opener in Joburg on Saturday but the tourists will err on the side of caution in terms of the Sharks game and could be removed from the bench.
“Hogg is carrying a little bit of dead leg so we’ll probably make a decision on that in the morning to see how he holds up,” said Steve Tandy, the Lions defence coach.