Springboks Sweat Over Captain Kolisi After Positive Virus Test
Muhammad Irfan 17 days ago Mon 19th July 2021 | 05:50 PM
Johannesburg, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 19th Jul, 2021 ) :Rugby World Cup winners South Africa are sweating on the availability of captain Siya Kolisi just 48 hours before naming their team for Saturday's first Test against the British and Irish Lions.
Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick told an online news conference on Monday Kolisi and other members of the squad who tested positive for Covid-19 would need to be assessed by a medical specialist before being cleared to play.
"By tonight (Monday) we will know who can play," Stick said.
Flanker Kolisi, hooker Bongi Mbonambi, prop Frans Malherbe, fly-half Handre Pollard, winger Makazole Mapimpi and utility back Francois Steyn were placed in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.
As one of the candidates to take over the captaincy if Kolisi cannot play, he said he is ready to return to action after a period in isolation as a close contact of Covid-infected players.
The Springboks have won eight of the previous 13 series, the Lions four and one was drawn.