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Ireland face Covid scare before autumn international with New Zealand

Ireland face Covid scare before autumn international with New Zealand but fixture NOT in danger of being called off

  • Ireland reported a ‘potential positive’ Covid case’ before the New Zealand game
  • Further testing has been undertaken to determine whether it was a false positive
  • Defence coach Simon Easterby said the game was not in danger of cancellation
  • Ireland have won just two of their 32 previous meetings with the All Blacks


Ireland reported a ‘potential positive case’ of Covid ahead of today’s autumn international against New Zealand in Dublin.

Further testing has been undertaken to determine whether the result was a false positive, according to an IRFU statement.

All members of the squad and management team have taken additional lateral flow and PCR tests. Ireland defence coach Simon Easterby said back-up players had been put on standby but, as of yesterday, no one had been ruled out. ‘We’ve re-tested today and the important thing is we get clarity,’ he said.

Ireland reported a ‘potential positive’ case before their international against New Zealand

Ireland have only beaten New Zealand twice in their last 32 fixtures with the All Blacks

Ireland have only beaten New Zealand twice in their last 32 fixtures with the All Blacks

The Irish, who thumped Japan 60-5 last weekend, have won just two of 32 previous meetings with the All Blacks.

Easterby said there was no danger of the fixture being called off.

‘If it wasn’t challenging already, it gets more challenging when you deal with certain things that are outside your control,’ he said.

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