South Africa nonetheless sweating over captain Kolisi’s availability

Siya Kolisi should go a medical evaluation earlier than he is ready to lead South Africa into Saturday’s first Check in opposition to the British and Irish Lions.

Kolisi was one in all 14 Springboks to check constructive for coronavirus, forcing him to self-isolate in Johannesburg for 10 days, and solely on Monday has he been in a position to be a part of up with the world champions’ squad in Cape City.

South Africa’s 2019 World Cup-winning captain, together with wing Makazole Mapimpi, faces lung and coronary heart exams to evaluate his health and, if cleared by a specialist, he’ll resume coaching on Tuesday.

“They’ll go for the ultimate check as we speak (Monday). Something can occur by way of outcomes. Some constructive information could be good,” assistant coach Mzwandile Stick mentioned.

“We belief the protocols in place and received’t do something silly. We’ve bought nice gamers in our squad so if Siya isn’t match, we belief the opposite guys to play in that place.

“A man like Rynhardt Elstadt, at the moment he’s successful all the things in entrance of him. Marco Van Staden we noticed in opposition to the Bulls on Saturday. Jasper Wiese…any of these guys might be chosen and we’d belief them to do a job for us.”

Fly-half Handre Pollard, one other of the Springboks who examined constructive, has revealed he confronted solely minor disruption after being contaminated throughout the outbreak that pressured the cancellation of the second Check in opposition to Georgia.

“I didn’t have any signs, so I bought again to coaching fairly shortly. Bodily I’m OK. It was very strict as soon as we went into the Covid wing of the resort,” Pollard mentioned.

“The primary 5, six days had been spent within the room, giving your physique time to combat no matter it’s bought to combat. Then we had been supplied with the required health club tools in our rooms.

“There isn’t any method we aren’t going to be prepared, taking part in in opposition to the British and Irish Lions, taking part in to your nation.

“Emotionally, bodily we’re all fantastic. We’ve had arduous weeks of coaching. The best way we prepare is more durable than the sport, so we’ll be prepared for no matter comes our method on Saturday.”

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