Strict bubble protocols for Autumn Nations Cup dealt an early blow after Fiji return multiple positive coronavirus tests
- Strict bubble protocols for the Autumn Nations Cup have been dealt a blow
- Fiji have returned between five and seven positive coronavirus tests
- The Pacific Islanders are due to play France in Paris two weeks time
The strict bubble protocols for the Autumn Nations Cup have been dealt an early blow after Fiji returned multiple positive Covid tests.
Teams have signed up to a rigorous code of conduct ahead of the tournament to minimise the risk of fixtures being called off because of viral outbreaks.
Fiji have been in camp in lockdown France this week and the Mail on Sunday understands they have suffered ‘between five and seven’ positive cases.
Fiji have returned multiple positive coronavirus tests in a blow to the Autumn Nations Cup
The Pacific Islanders are due to play France in two weeks and they must now prepare for the Test in Paris with limited playing numbers.
A testing oversight group are currently analysing the results to determine the source of the infection. Thirteen Barbarians players are facing disciplinary charges for breaching the rules, which led to their game against England being cancelled, but none of the Fijian contingent were involved.
An Autumn Nations Cup spokesperson told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We have been notified that there have been positive cases in the Fiji camp and those players have been placed in isolation. We will have further tests next week.’
Despite the threat of an imminent lockdown, competition organisers are confident that the games will still go ahead.
Thirteen Barbarians players are facing disciplinary charges for breaching the rules
Warren Gatland said it would be a ‘disaster’ if fans are not allowed at next year’s Lions Tests
The Tests will be played behind closed doors but, further afield, Lions coach Warren Gatland said it would be a ‘disaster’ if supporters are not allowed at next year’s Lions Tests.
‘We are planning that everything is going to go ahead with full crowds,’ said Gatland.
‘If that is not the case then we have to be adaptable and we have to make other arrangements. I am looking at the positives: the Lions are going ahead and we are taking 30,000 Lions supporters with us. A sea of red everywhere and packed stadiums. If things change, then we adapt. I am not thinking about the doom and gloom of Covid still being around and playing at empty stadiums. That would be a disaster for the Lions and I am thinking about the positives.’
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