D Action between Kenya and South Africa at Los Angeles 7s 2020
Blitzboks tested after Australia 7s pair show Covid-19 symptoms
By Raga House | Tue 17 Mar, 2020 14:13

Members of the Blitzboks will be tested for the coronavirus after it was feared that they might have been exposed while at the Los Angeles and Vancouver Sevens tournaments. 

The decision to test members of the team was as a result of the fact that two members of the Australian Sevens team had tested positive for the virus. South Africa won the Los Angeles round of the Sevens World Series and finished fourth in Canada. 

Kenya Rugby Union acting CEO Thomas Odundo said they had received clarification from World Rugby Chief Medical Officer saying the Australian pair had only showed symptoms.

Kenya 7s, who interacted with South Africa and other teams in Canada and USA sevens legs, arrived in Nairobi last week on Tuesday and were yesterday ordered by the government to self quarantine for 14 days. 

Rugby Australia confirmed on Sunday evening that two squad members had displayed symptoms associated with the virus over the weekend and were in self-isolation.

"As a precautionary measure, Rugby Australia headquarters has been closed for two days for an intensive clean," the statement read as quoted by rugby.com.au . 

"All administrative staff have been advised to work from home, and the Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams will not attend the facility on Monday or Tuesday.

Rugby, like all sport around the globe has been severely hit by the pandemic. On Saturday, SANZAAR announced that the 2020 Super Rugby tournament would be suspended "for the foreseeable future" following the conclusion of all the matches in Round 7. 

"The safety and welfare of the public, our players and other stakeholders is paramount and as previously stated we were always going to abide by government and health authority instructions on the issue of Covid-19 containment," commented SANZAR CEO Andy Marinos.

On Sunday, it was announced that all Varsity Cup matches for this week have been postponed while various Easter school rugby festivals around the country have also been cancelled.

-Sport 24 SA and rugby.com.au used to compile this report

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