Springboks suspend training with squad placed in isolation after Lood de Jager tests positive for Covid-19

Lood de Jager tests positive for Covid-19, leading the Springboks to suspend training and place the whole squad in isolation.

The Springboks management has confirmed it suspended training and placed the squad in isolation after a positive Covid-19 result was reported within their ranks. Sale Sharks second-row Lood de Jager returned the positive test and on the grounds of his close contact with several players, the whole squad is subject to quarantine.

The Springboks have been forced the second time to take preventative measures during the build-up to the Test series against the British and Irish Lions, which opens in Cape Town on July 24. South Africa is set to face Georgia on Friday, live on Sky Sports. This is as part of preparations for their three-Test series vs the British and Irish Lions.


Vincent Koch, Herschel Jantjies and Sbu Nkosi tested positive on June 27. However, the world champions were able to resume training the following day and last Friday went on to rout Georgia 40-9.

It was their first external visit since winning the 2019 World Cup and the first of two warm-up matches against Georgia as warmup and preparation for the series against the Lions.

“The players have been placed in preventative isolation prior to further PCR testing and a review of the testing data by the Medical Advisory Group (MAG),” a SA Rugby statement read. “An update will be issued following the review by the MAG and the further testing.”