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Last updated: 11/06/21 11:11 am

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Opponents of the British and Irish Lions’ opening tour in South Africa have been hit by a coronavirus outbreak.

SA Rugby has announced that Saturday’s PRO14 Rainbow Cup match between the Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers in Cape Town has been called off.

It follows positive tests for Covid-19 in the Emirates Lions team and comes just three weeks before the British and Irish Lions face them in Johannesburg.

In a statement, SA Rugby said: “The PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between the Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers, scheduled for Saturday at Cape Town Stadium, has been canceled in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.

“The decision was made within the framework of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases to limit the risk of new infections in the rugby community.

The decision was triggered on Friday after receiving positive results from scheduled tests from the Emirates Lions team.

“As determined by the competition rules, the DHL Stormers will be awarded four log points due to the cancellation.”

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SA Rugby Managing Director Jurie Roux added: “The Emirates Lions have followed all protocols and taken all appropriate action.

“While the cancellation is unfortunate, their approach ensures that the risk of their game against the British and Irish Lions in the Castle Lager Lions Series being canceled on July 3 is well managed.”

The British and Irish Lions reunite early next week ahead of their game against Japan in Edinburgh on June 26, before flying to South Africa the next day.





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