Super Rugby

Coronavirus | Bulls, Lions all test negative

The Bulls and Lions have received good news that their respective squads that returned from Australasia have all tested negative for the coronavirus.

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Both outfits had to cut short their Super Rugby tours after organisers earlier this month suspended the season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rapport indicated on Sunday that the Bulls would remain in self-isolation until 30 March before a decision would be made whether they will return to training.

A Lions spokesperson confirmed to Sport24 on Monday morning that their squad, including management, all tested negative and immediately went into self-isolation for 14 days.

The Lions players are in contact with the medical team and are monitored on a daily basis, with the coaching staff keeping in touch with the team through video conferencing.

Once they are out of self-isolation, Bulls coach Pote Human said the first step would be to start "mini exercises" with groups of five players.

"Every player has been given a programme to follow at home, but it's not the same as the team environment," Human said.

The Bulls had only started their Super Rugby tour with a 41-17 defeat to the Reds in Brisbane on 14 March before returning home.

The Lions lost 43-10 to the Blues in Auckland on 14 March and were set to finish their tour against the Highlanders in Dunedin the following week. They lost 29-17 to the Waratahs and 37-17 to the Rebels in their first two tour games.

- Compiled by Herman Mostert