The Worrying British & Irish Lions Revelation That Has A Lot Of People Scratching Their Heads
Latest posts by Jason Hennessy (see all)
- Brian O’Driscoll On Why He Couldn’t Wait To Get Out Of Rugby “Quick Enough” - September 8, 2022
- Champions Cup Last 16 Extra Time Protocol & Quarter-Final Permutations - April 15, 2022
- Legendary Ireland International Announces His Retirement Fro Rugby - April 8, 2022
When news started to break that a COVID-19 outbreak had hit the Springboks camp before the British & Irish Lions hadn’t even landed in South Africa – it’s hard to say we were surprised.
That’s not a knock on the world champions, South Africa is currently being absolutely ravaged by the virus, and no matter what protocols and preventative measures were put in place, this was inevitable.
Then things took a turn with cases hitting the Bulls squad, forcing organisers to put this weekend’s game on hold. On top of all this, we then learned that more cases had hit the Springboks, with even head coach Jacques Nienaber returning a positive test.
Having played Georgia last Friday, once again it didn’t come as a surprise when we discovered they also now have cases in their squad, meaning this weekend’s second Test match between the two has no been cancelled.
But perhaps the biggest surprise came when it was revealed that the Lions had a case in their camp, with one of their management team returning a positive test, followed by a player, resulting in 12 members of the Lions, including eight players, being forced to isolate.
“The two individuals had a total of 12 close contacts – eight players and four staff members – all of whom have been placed into isolation at the team hotel,” a statement read before the game yesterday.
“All other members of the touring party returned negative results following PCR testing earlier today.
A very worrying revelation was then made just before the game, which you might have missed, with Lions managing director Ben Calveley admitting to Sky Sports that not everyone in the tour party had been ‘double-jabbed’ with the vaccine.
“Nearly all of the Lions tour party have been double-jabbed,” Calveley said.
“There are people within the Lions bubble that haven’t been double-jabbed but the vast majority of people have been double-jabbed.”
It’s a strange one that understandably has a lot of people scratching their heads.