CM – Lions clash with Sharks tonight to continue despite a positive test on the play roster as the Covid crisis deepens



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Lions head coach Warren Gatland watches the British and Irish Lions captain run at Emirates Airline Park

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The Lions’ second game in South Africa will take place tonight, though It was confirmed that one of the team leaders and one player had now tested positive for Covid-19.

As a result, eight players and four staff were isolated as close liaisons, which meant that Warren Gatland was around 11th.

Josh Adams, Louis Rees-Zammit, Owen Farrell and Ali Price join the team, while Liam Williams, Anthony Watson, Dan Biggar and Gareth Davies are eliminated, while Finn Russell is the only one on the bench as Maro Itoje, Hamish Watson, Russell and Taulupe Faletau are replacing Tadhg Beirne, Conor Murray, Stuart Hogg and Chris Harris.

« We are working very calmly through the challenges as they arise. The focus today is on making this game over the Line that we have.  » We’re working with SARU to find alternate opponents on Saturday. « 

Although Lions were offered vaccinations prior to the trip, Calveley said not all members of the tour group were vaccinated.

Kick-off time was on Postponed 7:00 pm Lions players had been isolated in their bedrooms all day due to the first positive case and were being tested to make sure the game was safe.

The news that the match was about to take place died 5.15am, which means the Lions and Sharks are now making their 40-50 minute journey to Ellis Park, where the match will take place behind closed doors.

Iain Henderson is the first time Lions captain Bundee Aki is also in the starting XI, while Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan and tour captain Conor Murray sit on the bench.

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The fact that the game continues will be a great relief to players whose chances to impress have been reduced by the postponement of the game against the Bulls on Saturday due to a Covid outbreak in the Bulls’ camp .

South Africa’s preparations have also been severely disrupted over the pandemic, with the squad being isolated after 12 cases were confirmed on Tuesday.




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