SA-Lions rugby series in doubt over COVID

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The British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa was thrown into jeopardy on Wednesday when a member of the Lions' tour management tested positive for COVID-19 as infections continue to spread across South African rugby.

A statement from the Lions said the individual and four close contacts - including two players and two members of staff - were being isolated and assessed at the team hotel, and that all other members of the touring party had been PCR-tested.

If they test positive, then Wednesday's tour match against the Sharks in Johannesburg is likely to be called off.

The announcement came less than an hour after South Africa cancelled their Friday Test against Georgia because of an outbreak of infections in both camps.

That match was supposed to be a warm-up for the world champions Springboks ahead of their three-Test series against the British & Irish Lions, which was scheduled to start later this month.

"Following a review by the medical advisory group this morning, it was confirmed that the risk of further infection made it impossible to continue with the match," SA Rugby said in a statement.

The Springbok playing and support staff returned 12 positive tests for COVID-19 this week, while Georgia had four.

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