Munster party fly home from South Africa but 14 members remain in Cape Town

Tuesday PCR tests return four more Covid-19 cases so 34 are allowed to fly back to Ireland

34 members of Munster’s touring party in South Africa have been allowed to fly back to Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

34 members of Munster’s touring party in South Africa have been allowed to fly back to Ireland. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

 

The majority of the Munster touring party stranded in South Africa have been able to fly home, the province confirmed on Tuesday night.

Four further positive cases were detected during Tuesday’s round of PCR testing, meaning 14 members of the party will stay in isolation in Cape Town while the remaining 34 fly back to Dublin.

Those returning to Ireland will then undergo quarantine at home. Munster are due to play away to Wasps in the Champions Cup on December 12th.

A statement from the province read: “In a hugely positive development the wider Munster touring party departed Cape Town tonight after a group of 34 players and staff received negative results on completing a fourth round of PCR testing in six days.

“Team management worked tirelessly on securing scheduled flights at short notice and the group are expected to land in Dublin on Wednesday evening.

“Another four positive cases were identified in Tuesday’s round of PCR testing and a total group of 14 will see out their respective isolation periods at the designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town.

“This is a difficult time for all players and staff involved and we are very mindful of their wellbeing and the understandable concern from family and friends at home. The group will be well looked after with team liaisons Warren Morris and Kubaan Lorens remaining on site with medical support provided daily.

“As outlined by the government earlier this week, on arrival from South Africa the returning players and staff will follow mandatory self-isolation at their own locations.

“Munster Rugby would like to say a huge thank you to the management and staff at Southern Sun The Cullinan Hotel for all their help and efforts over the last few days, especially at a time when last-minute support and requirements were needed for a large group. The contribution Warren and Kubaan made during this time cannot be overstated and we are indebted to the duo for their professionalism and support.

“Again, we wish to take this opportunity to thank the Irish government, the IRFU, South Africa Rugby, URC, and the health authorities for their assistance in particular with regards to facilitating the safe return of our staff and players.”

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