Wales centre Uilisi Halaholo tests positive for coronavirus and will miss Test against New Zealand this weekend, robbing the Cardiff man the chance to take on his country of birth
- Wales centre Uilisi Halaholo tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday morning
- The 31-year-old will now miss his dream Test against New Zealand on Saturday
- Halaholo was born in New Zealand but will now self-isolate for 10 days
Wales centre Uilisi Halaholo has tested positive for Covid and will miss his dream Test against New Zealand, the country of his birth.
The Cardiff midfielder, 31, was in line to play against the All Blacks this Saturday but on Tuesday morning was revealed to be positive by the routine testing programme in Welsh camp.
He will now isolate for 10 days away from the rest of the squad, meaning he is unlikely to face South Africa on November 6 either. Wales have called up Scott Williams, the 58-cap centre whose last appearance came in 2019.
Wales centre Uilisi Halaholo has tested positive for Covid and will miss the New Zealand Test
Halaholo (right) was in line to play against the country of his birth this Saturday
Auckland born Halaholo was desperate to play New Zealand and revealed on social media news of his positive test came just after he found out his aunty – who named him – had died.
‘Been a rough 24 hours,’ he said. Found out my aunty (pretty much a 2nd mum to me) passed away late last night. Then wake up this morning and test positive and be unavailable for a game that I’ve worked hard towards since it was announced. Gutted. Congrats Scott Williams. Good luck brothers.’
Wales have yet more trouble in their ranks ahead of this Saturday’s game, already without seven English-based players they were thin on the ground before Halaholo’s withdrawal.
News of Halaholo’s diagnosis came after he found out his aunty – who named him – had died