Cardiff suffer yet another delay in attempt to leave South Africa

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Cardiff Rugby training at Bishops in Cape Town on 23 November 2021. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)
Cardiff Rugby training at Bishops in Cape Town on 23 November 2021. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

In what seems like a never-ending saga, Cardiff's return flight to the United Kingdom from South Africa has been delayed by another 24 hours as the Welsh franchise attempt to get home following the Covid-19 enforced United Rugby Championship (URC) fixture postponements from last weekend. 

Cardiff were meant to play the Lions last Sunday but the discovery of the Omicron variant saw the four visiting international teams looking to leave the country as soon as possible.

With six members of their squad testing positive for coronavirus over the next few days, Cardiff struggled to get the go-ahead from Welsh authorities to fly home.

Permission was finally obtained with 42 members set to fly out on Thursday morning.

In a statement on social media, Cardiff confirmed "that due to restrictions on inbound flights to the UK and the withdrawal of a landing slot, we were unable to take off this morning [Thursday]."

"We now plan to depart Cape Town tomorrow morning [Friday]. Thank you for all of your support."

Cardiff will head first to Dublin and then London where they will undergo a mandatory 10-day quarantine period.

The six Covid-19 positive cases will remain in quarantine in Cape Town.

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