Springboks captain positive amid COVID carnage

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Skipper Siya Kolisi is among six caller Covid cases successful the Springboks squad arsenic their preparations for the Test bid against the British & Irish Lions proceed to splutter.

The six latest affirmative tests - Kolisi, Dan du Preez, Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi, Scarra Ntubeni and Makazole Mapimpi - bring the full fig of cases successful the Boks campy to 20 amongst players and management.

Despite this, astir of the 46-strong squad resumed grooming connected Monday aft six days spent isolating with six rounds of PCR investigating that included a question of negatives from Sunday.

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Siya Kolisi of South Africa astatine Loftus Versfeld. (Getty)

However, caput manager Jacques Nienaber indispensable inactive self-isolate, meaning Rassie Erasmus, South Africa's manager of rugby and their 2019 World Cup-winning mastermind, oversaw the resumption of training.

"We are delighted to beryllium capable to instrumentality to the tract and resume our preparations for the Lions Series," Nienaber said from his self-isolation.

"It has been a challenging week with the Test against Georgia cancelled and the full squad self-isolating for a fewer days arsenic a preventative measure, truthful the players cannot hold to get backmost connected the park.

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Springboks manager Jacques Nienaber fist pumps his skipper Siya Kolisi. (Getty)

"The trial against Georgia was important for america with an oculus connected preparing to look the British & Irish Lions, but these are bonzer times, and we person to accommodate arsenic a team, and I person to commend the players and absorption for that.

"We are a tight-knit coaching squad and everyone takes work successful their respective roles.

"It is besides large to person Rassie (Erasmus) steering the vessel portion I americium away. He has been portion of the strategy for respective years present and helium guided astir of these players to the Rugby World Cup rubric successful 2019, truthful the squad is successful large hands."

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The Lions look to person the Covid problems nether power successful their squad and person present had 3 games connected tour. They near 3 coaches and an unnamed subordinate successful Johannesburg arsenic they relocated to Cape Town.

Depending connected the result of further Covid investigating implicit the adjacent fewer days, a South Africa 'A' squad drawn from the expanded Springbok squad volition instrumentality connected the Lions successful Cape Town connected Wednesday.

The 3 Tests volition beryllium played connected July 24, July 31 and August 7 with each present expected to beryllium played successful Cape Town.

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Members of a aesculapian squad successful afloat PPE during the lucifer betwixt the Sharks and Lions astatine Loftus Versfeld. (Getty)

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