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Springboks return to training, first Georgia test still going ahead

The Springboks have been cleared to return to training for their Monday afternoon session in prep...

The Springboks have been cleared to return to training for their Monday afternoon session in preparation for their first test match since the 2019 Rugby World Cup final on Friday.

South Africa are set to return to international rugby against Georgia in Pretoria, however they were struck by a setback on Sunday, after three players tested positive for COVID-19.

Following feedback received from the Castle Lager Lions Series Medical Advisory Group on Monday, the world champions were cleared to return to training, with two of the three players that had tested positive remaining in isolation in the team hotel. Scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, however, has subsequently been cleared and can return to training,

In light of this, the strict precautionary measures taken by the team and the effective isolation protocols since the squad assembled, the Springboks can resume their training programme from Monday afternoon, according to a statement released by the South African Rugby Union on Monday.

Lions Springboks Johannesburg Britain and Irish Lions' players arrives at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Lions arrive in South Africa

The two tests against Georgia are to serve as warm-up games for the South African national side ahead of the three tests against British and Irish Lions.

The Lions arrived in Johannesburg on Monday to take on the Emirates Lions on Saturday, with live commentary throughout the series exclusively on Off The Ball.

They will remain in Johannesburg to take on the Sharks on Wednesday, July 7, before they take on the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday, July 10.

He Lions will be in Cape Town from July 14 through to July 24, taking on South Africa A, the Stormers, before finally kicking off the first of three test matches on Saturday, July 24.

The final two tests are scheduled take place in Johannesburg, on July 31, and August 7, however, with the high numbers of COVID-19 in Gauteng, there are increasing rumours that all three tests will take place in Cape Town.

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