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Ireland faces Covid scare ahead of fall international with New Zealand

Ireland faces Covid scare ahead of fall international with New Zealand, but match is NOT in danger of being canceled

  • Ireland reported ‘potential positive’ Covid case ahead of New Zealand game
  • More tests have been done to determine if it was a false positive
  • Defense 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


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

Further tests have been conducted to determine if the result was a false positive, according to a statement from IRFU.

All members of the brigade and management team have undergone additional lateral flow and PCR testing. Ireland’s defense coach Simon Easterby said substitute players had been put on hold, but no one had been ruled out as of yesterday. “We have run the tests again today and the important thing is that we have clarity,” he said.

Ireland reported a 'potential positive' case ahead of their international against New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

Easterby said there was no danger of the installation being canceled.

“If it wasn’t challenging already, it becomes more challenging when you deal with certain things that are out of your control,” he said.

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