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Munster academy player who tested positive for Covid-19 now asymptomatic

Six other players remain in self-isolation but have tested negative so far.

Munster's Thomond Park in Limerick.
Munster's Thomond Park in Limerick.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

THE MUNSTER ACADEMY player who tested positive for Covid-19 last week is now asymptomatic as he continues to self-isolate, the province has reported.

The unnamed player returned the first positive test result in professional Irish rugby last week, with six other players – including one from Munster’s senior squad – identified as potential close contacts.

Munster’s latest update says that those six players were contacted by the HSE and advised to self-isolate. The six players subsequently commenced the testing process but “all results received to date have been negative.” They are all asymptomatic but also continue to self-isolate.

The rest of Munster’s senior squad and staff underwent PCR testing for Covid-19 at the province’s training base in Limerick today, as was always planned as part of the IRFU’s process for the return of rugby in Ireland.

The results of those latest squad-wide tests have yet to be announced.

With rugby in this country set to resume this weekend with Munster facing Leinster at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday – before Connacht take on Ulster on Sunday – last week’s positive test had led to some fears about the fixtures being affected but they are still set to go ahead.

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Munster cancelled their planned training sessions last Thursday and Friday “as a precaution” following their academy player’s positive test result. 

However, Johann van Graan’s squad returned to their training centre in UL this morning to continue their preparations for Saturday’s inter-provincial clash with Leinster.

The academy player will follow “a graduated return to rugby” once his isolation period is complete.

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