Dai Young calls for Government help as Cardiff six face extended Covid-19 quarantine | Rugby Union News

Three Cardiff players and three staff members underwent a 10-day isolation period in Cape Town after testing positive for Covid-19; they face the same quarantine period when they return to the UK due to the addition of South Africa to the travel red list

Last updated: 21/10/21 18:01


Dai Young is among 42 members of the Cardiff squad who are isolating themselves near Crawley

Dai Young has called for government intervention to assist Cardiff staff facing a lengthy quarantine period due to the club’s recent ill-fated trip to South Africa.

Three players and three staff members underwent a 10 day isolation period in Cape Town after testing positive for the virus and will now face the same quarantine period in the UK due to the addition of South Africa to the travel red list. .

Young asked for assistance amid fears that an additional period of isolation – with the potential for a longer period if UK-based tests found a positive track record – could affect their mental health.

Cardiff director Young of rugby said: “These boys, some of whom have young families, have already been quarantined for 10 days at an approved South African facility in Cape Town.

“They are symptom-free and will now most likely have developed antibodies to the virus – all science tells us that they are extremely low risk, are in a better position than any of us, and shouldn’t need to be quarantined.

“However, the current legislation does not take this situation into account and therefore, as things stand, they must once again be quarantined for 10 days in the UK.

“It will have a significant impact on people’s health and well-being and we need the support of the powers of the DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and public health for the decisions to be made.

“This applies not only to our six colleagues, but to all those who find themselves in this terrible situation. Something has to be done.”

The Cardiff holders face Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday

The Cardiff holders face Toulouse in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday

Forty-two other Cardiff players and staff remain in solitary confinement at a hotel near London until early next week, devastating the squad selection for Saturday’s daunting Heineken Champions Cup match against five-time champions Toulouse.

Ellis Jenkins, who captained Wales in the recent Autumn Nations Series, did not travel to South Africa for the eventually postponed pair of United Rugby Championship matches and will lead a squad comprised of a handful of international, semi- academy professionals and players.

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