Rugby-Quarantine no way to prepare for the test series but Boks will be fresh

South Africa’s World Cup winner Lukhanyo Am, who leads a Springbok shadow team against the British and Irish Lions on Wednesday, said a week of isolation in a hotel room was ideal preparation for the series of tests, but allowed several players to recover from injury.

Am was one of the key players when they won the 2019 World Cup and was awarded the captain of South Africa A, who will face the Lions in Cape Town on Wednesday. He is one of 18 World Cup winners on the match day squad as South Africa uses the appearance of the “A” squad to give the Springboks much needed preparation after a cloistered week in their hotel in isolation following an outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases. Fourteen members of their 46-man squad returned positive tests.

“We haven’t been able to do much in six days of quarantine. In terms of physical preparation all we could do was stretching and core exercises in the gym but in terms of mental preparation we did a lot of Zoom meetings, analysis and video work on the phones. and laptops. “That’s about the preparations we could do, but I think, on the other hand, we’re entering this game with guys who have had issues and injuries that have had enough time to recover,” Am said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“We’ll see where we are tomorrow, but we’ll push as hard as possible. Wednesday’s clash at Cape Town Stadium was originally an opportunity for the sidelines of the Springbok team, but has now become a fourth test.

South Africa canceled last weekend’s second warm-up test against Georgia due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in both camps and Rugby SA director Rassie Erasmus was not shy about appointing Many of the Springboks are regulars in Team A. Another warm-up game is on for the Boks and they could face the provincial opposition in a curtain-raiser on Saturday against the Lions’ clash with the Stormers, local media reported.

The three rounds of testing between the Springboks and Lions begin in Cape Town on July 24. (Edited by Angus MacSwan)

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