Breaking: Munster, Cardiff stranded in SA after positive Covid tests

Irish giants Munster and Welsh side Cardiff were unable to leave SA as planned on Sunday after both returned positive Covid-19 cases.

Breaking: Munster, Cardiff stranded in SA after positive Covid tests

Irish giants Munster and Welsh side Cardiff were unable to leave South Africa as planned on Sunday after both returned positive Covid-19 cases.

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Cardiff reported two positive cases, one suspected to be the new variant Omicron, while Munster have one case, but did not say whether the positive test was the new variant.

Both teams will isolate in their Cape Town hotels while they work out a way forward, having hoped to leave South Africa on a charter flight on Sunday along with fellow Welsh side Scarlets and Italian side Zebre who have travelled back home.

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‘The club are continuing to work with all relevant authorities to secure the travelling party’s return to Wales when safe and appropriate,’ Cardiff said in a statement.

Munster, Scarlets, Cardiff and Zebre were in South Africa for matches in the United Rugby Championship when organisers postponed this weekend’s matches due to concerns over the Omicron variant.

‘Munster Rugby will remain in Cape Town while we wait on next steps from the health authorities after returning one positive case in our latest testing,’ the Irish club said.

‘In taking all precautions and prioritising the health and wellbeing of everyone, Munster Rugby will not travel today and will return to their hotel for an isolation period as a matter of priority.’

The teams will have to isolate for 10 days on their eventual return home, which potentially could have an impact on their future fixtures.

Munster are due to play Wasps on 12 December in the European Rugby Champions Cup in a match which could now be in jeopardy depending on how long they remain in the Mother City.

Meanwhile, Cardiff are due to host Toulouse on 11 December in another match suddenly plunged into doubt.

According to Sky Sports, direct flights from South Africa to Britain were halted on Friday and travellers from southern Africa arriving in Britain and European Countries face onerous quarantine restrictions as part of steps to avoid the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus detected this week.