All Blacks Star Being Kept In Isolation At Cardiff Base After Contracting The Mumps
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All Blacks back-row star Ardie Savea is currently being kept in isolation at New Zealand’s Cardiff team base after contracting a dose of the mumps.
Assistant coach Ian Foster however, says they are not concerned that the highly-contagious viral disease might spread and infect any of their players ahead of their Test match with Wales at the Principality on Saturday.
Foster says Savea is recovering pretty quickly.
“Ardie has got a mild dose of the mumps,” Foster told reporters on Tuesday.
“He is the only one. He is in his room and has been in isolation. He was fully vaccinated as a kid, but he clearly has something. He has been in isolation for a few days, and is recovering pretty quickly.”
Savea is thought to have contracted mumps from New Zealand winger Rieko Ioane, who received treatment for it earlier during the All Blacks’ tour.
“We are not worried about it [spreading],” Foster added.
“We have taken every precaution, but Ardie must have been in pretty close proximity to Rieko at some point.
“It has caught us on the hop a bit because it is not something you get a lot of. It has come out of the blue, but we are satisfied with the way the doctor reacted really quickly with Rieko, and Ardie was susceptible even though he had done everything right in the past. It is something we are taking seriously.”