British and Irish Lions ready to adapt following coronavirus outbreak among South African Bulls | Rugby Union News


Report says a number of Covid-19 cases have cast doubt on Saturday’s showdown at Loftus Versfeld, with no possibility of reshuffling the match schedule; South Africa international against Georgia in Johannesburg on Friday night is also under serious threat

Last update: 07/06/21 4:20 p.m.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland (right) and assistant coach Steve Tandy

The British and Irish Lions insist they are ready to adjust in the event that Saturday’s game against the Bulls is called off due to a coronavirus outbreak in the South African province.

A report says a number of Covid-19 cases have put the clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria in major doubt, with no possibility of reshuffling the match if canceled.

The development comes a day after the entire 46-man Springboks team was forced into solitary confinement when second line Lood De Jager returned a positive test and a number of close contacts were identified.

The South African international against Georgia in Johannesburg on Friday night is under serious threat and their team’s announcement, scheduled for Tuesday, has been delayed.

The viability of the Lions tour is now shrouded in uncertainty as the host nation faces an intensifying third wave, but defense coach Steve Tandy insists contingency planning is in progress. backstage is underway as the team prepares for Wednesday’s clash with the Sharks.

If the Bulls game is called off, Tandy says Saturday could be taken as a day off with Friday’s training intensity increased.

Sarra Elgan reports from Johannesburg where coronavirus cases are on the rise and could disrupt schedules for British and Irish Lions and South Africa
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Sarra Elgan reports from Johannesburg where coronavirus cases are on the rise and could disrupt schedules for British and Irish Lions and South Africa

Sarra Elgan reports from Johannesburg where coronavirus cases are on the rise and could disrupt schedules for British and Irish Lions and South Africa

“We would assess whether we need to give the boys a day off, whether we need an internal game or a more busy contact day,” Tandy said.

“Thanks to Covid, you learn that you have to adapt. You can have the best-designed plans, but things move very quickly and change. It’s about being prepared for whatever comes your way at all times. .

“Whatever the group needs – more contact, an extra day off to recuperate – we’ll just adjust to that as we go.”

Asked if the Lions and Georgia could meet if South Africa and the Bulls were barred from playing, Tandy said: “Everything is possible thanks to Covid, we’ve seen it.

“If there are any other canceled games then playing would be great for us and for anyone looking for a game.”

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Tandy insists the team didn’t let the uncertainty surrounding the Bulls game affect their preparation for the third of nine Lions game scheduled for the 2021 tour.

“There is a lot of speculation but it hasn’t affected the atmosphere in the camp. The boys have trained well. [Tuesday] morning and then they keep their feet up until tomorrow night, “Scotland assistant coach said.

“Something that we constantly remind players is to take no chances in what we do. We are tested three or four times a week and everything is sanitized.

“Everyone is behaving their best. No one wants to compromise this tour in any way.

“We’re doing our best. Obviously it’s tough with the Covid restrictions, but we’ve come here to do a job and we don’t want anything to oppose it.”


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