Lions Rugby changes ahead of Sharks fixture


A general view of match balls ahead of the game

The British & Irish Lions can confirm that a player and a member of the Lions management team has tested positive for COVID-19 following PCR testing as part of the Tour screening programme which took place on Wednesday 7 July.

The two individuals had a total of 12 close contacts – eight players and four staff members – all of who have been placed into isolation at the team hotel.

All other members of the touring party returned negative results following PCR testing earlier today.

After consultation with the Medical Advisory Group (MAG), this evening’s game against the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park will still take place at the revised time of 8pm (SAST) / 7pm (BST)

The matchday 23 for tonight’s game at Emirates Airline Park is as follows:

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15. Josh Adams (Cardiff Rugby, Wales)
14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester Rugby, Wales)
13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, England)
12. Bundee Aki (Connacht Rugby, Ireland)
11. Duhan van der Merwe (Worcester Warriors, Scotland)
10. Owen Farrell (Saracens, England)
9. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, England)
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, England)
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors, Scotland)
4. Iain Henderson – Captain (Ulster Rugby, Ireland)
5. Adam Beard (Ospreys, Wales)
6. Josh Navidi (Cardiff Rugby, Wales)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, England)
8. Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, England)

16. Ken Owens (Scarlets, Wales)
17. Rory Sutherland (Worcester Warriors, Scotland)
18. Tadhg Furlong (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)
19. Maro Itoje (Saracens, England)
20. Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby, Ireland)
21 . Hamish Watson (Edinburgh Rugby, Scotland)
22. Finn Russell (Racing 92, Scotland)
23. Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby, Wales)

Wednesday 7 July 2021
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 8pm (SAST)

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