South Africa’s rugby Test with Georgia on Friday night in Johannesburg is in jeopardy after the Springboks were forced to suspend training and place their squad into isolation because of a coronavirus outbreak.

Second row Lood De Jager returned the positive test and, on the grounds of his close contact with a number of players, the whole squad are having to quarantine.

“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.”

It is the second time South Africa have been forced 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.

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

It was their first outing since winning the 2019 World Cup, and the first of two warm-up match against Georgia as preparation for the series against the Lions.

Boks in isolation after coronavirus scare
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