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Sport Cardiff Rugby secure chartered plane for return to UK

01:26  01 december  2021
01:26  01 december  2021 Source:   skysports.com

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The Cardiff Rugby players and those travelling with them had hoped to leave Cape Town on Sunday afternoon after securing a charter plane , but two of the PCR tests they took came back as positive. "As a consequence of one of these results suspected of being Omicron, the entire travelling party have returned to Direct flights from the country to the UK were suspended from noon on Friday until 4am on Sunday, when a requirement for new arrivals to quarantine in hotels came into effect. Cardiff Rugby said they continue to work with the South African Rugby Union, the Welsh Rugby Union and public

“We have secured charter planes , but we have not been able to secure approval from the Civil Aviation Authority because the border between the United Kingdom and the European Union has been closed.” The URC has postponed the next two rounds of matches in South African soil in response to news of the discovery of a new coronavirus variant. The Alfred Dunhill Championship, scheduled for December 9-12 at the Leopard Creek Country Club, has been canceled after lengthy discussions with tournament sponsors. Cardiff cannot secure clearance to return from South Africa on charter flights.

Cardiff are set to return to the United Kingdom on Thursday having been stranded in South Africa after the cancellation of their matches in the United Rugby Championship.

The Welsh side have been stuck in Cape Town since South Africa was added to the UK Government's travel red list.

Cardiff secured a charter flight and quarantine accommodation in England Cardiff secured a charter flight and quarantine accommodation in England

Cardiff and Munster had hoped to join Zebre Parma in leaving on Sunday aboard a charter flight but two positive cases stopped that.

Munster will be unable to leave, having reported nine new cases among their players and staff following the latest round of PCR testing.

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" Cardiff Rugby have been unable to depart South Africa following two positive cases of Covid-19, one of which is suspected to be the new variant Omicron," they said in a statement. "The traveling party had hoped to depart Cape Town this afternoon after a charter plane was secured . Direct flights from South Africa to the UK ground to a halt on Friday as authorities acted quickly to inhibit the potential spread of the new strain, while both Munster and Cardiff will be obliged to undertake mandatory isolation when they eventually return to their home countries – moves which will throw several of their

A Cardiff statement read: " Cardiff Rugby continue to work tirelessly to repatriate their travelling party from South Africa following sudden developments around the Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529. "A charter aircraft has been secured , however we have been unable to secure Civil Aviation Authority clearance due to the closure of borders in the UK and European Union." A Scarlets statement added: "Together with our colleagues at Cardiff Rugby , we had hoped to fly out of South Africa on Friday."

Cardiff's players and staff who are negative will return to the UK on a charter plane and quarantine in a Government hotel for 10 days.

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A statement from the club read: "Cardiff Rugby plan to depart Cape Town on Thursday morning after the club secured a charter flight and quarantine accommodation in England.

"The Blue and Blacks' travelling contingent, which includes 15 full Welsh internationals, had been left stranded in the city after South Africa was placed on the UK's red list and borders were closed to arrivals from six countries on the continent - now 10 in Wales.

"It had been hoped they would be able to depart on a flight with Munster Rugby, Scarlets and Zebre Parma on Sunday, but two positive cases ruled out the departure.

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Cardiff Rugby said the travelling party had hoped to leave Cape Town on Sunday afternoon after securing a charter plane , but PCR tests taken on Saturday night returned two positive results. Scarlets, who were also in South Africa for the tournament, confirmed on Sunday that their travelling squad and staff have Two cases of Omicron were confirmed in England on Saturday. South Africa and some other African nations have been added to UK red lists for international travel. The variant has since been confirmed in 13 people who arrived in the Netherlands from South Africa on Friday.

What Cardiff have to do secure is a charter flight and suitable quarantine hotel for a party of 48. It is unclear where they will quarantine on their arrival from South Africa. Scarlets travelled back and arrived in Dublin on Monday morning and caught a bus to Belfast to start their 10-day quarantine. "There is a lot of pressure on quarantine hotels so the focus at the moment is trying to find suitable arrangements." Cardiff chairman Alun Jones took over from Peter Thomas in January 2019. Jones has highlighted the efforts the Cardiff squad in South Africa have made to enable them to return home.

"However, working in collaboration with the United Rugby Championship and the Welsh Rugby Union, a charter flight has been confirmed for Thursday morning. Upon arrival in England, Wales' capital city club will then begin a 10-day period of isolation in a UK Government Covid-19 hotel.

"Those remaining in South Africa will undertake 10-days quarantine in a South African Covid-19 hotel and will be repatriated to the UK as soon as possible.

"Cardiff Rugby would like to thank the URC, WRU and government agencies in South Africa for their support at this difficult time."

Munster reported nine positive coronavirus cases among their players and staff.

In a statement posted on the Irish province's official website, Munster said: "Munster's latest round of PCR testing has identified nine positive cases.

"The group, including staff and players, will move to the designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town, joining the first player who tested positive on Sunday.

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Cardiff Rugby ’s return home from South Africa has been delayed after two members of the squad tested positive for Covid. Cardiff was in South Africa as part of the United Rugby Championship, but all the tournament games scheduled over the coming two weekends have been cancelled following the A statement read: “The travelling party had hoped to depart Cape Town this afternoon after a charter plane was secured , however, PCR tests undertaken last night have returned two positive results. As a consequence of one of these results suspected of being Omicron, the entire travelling party have

Munster and Cardiff rugby teams have been forced to delay their return home from South Africa after members of their squads tested positive for … 1 дня назад. The Telegraph. флипнуто в All Stories. Covid forces rugby teams and golfers in South Africa to race for flights home. The Guardian - PA Media. Cardiff and the Scarlets say they are struggling to fly their teams back from South Africa despite securing a charter plane . The two Welsh regions, along with Munster and Zebre Parma, have been in the

"The remaining party of 38 have all returned negative results and continue to individually isolate in their rooms where they have been based since Sunday night.

"As outlined by the Irish government on Monday, those that have received negative results have clearance to travel from the South African authorities.

"In taking every precaution, the touring party have completed another round of PCR testing this morning, the third in less that 60 hours, and will wait on results ahead of next steps.

"The 10 members of the group who have tested positive will remain in Cape Town until the end of their isolation period. While the individuals were disappointed on receiving the news, they are thankfully well and will continue to be monitored medically at this time.

"We understand this is a challenging situation and would like to thank families, friends, colleagues and our rugby community for the many messages of best wishes."

Scarlets players and staff are currently isolating at a Belfast hotel, while Zebre's squad are doing likewise in Italy.

The Heineken Champions Cup is due to kick off on December 10, with Cardiff hosting European champions Toulouse the following day and Munster visiting Wasps 24 hours later.

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The Scarlets are scheduled to begin their European campaign against Bristol at Ashton Gate on December 11, with Munster and Cardiff also facing 10 days of hotel quarantine when they eventually arrive back.

Teams who are unable to fulfil European Cup fixtures face forfeiting the game under strict tournament rules, and it is understood that competition organisers currently have no plans to postpone games.

Such a stance, though, drew criticism last season after a handful of coronavirus-related cancellations saw teams responsible handed 28-0 defeats.

Munster are due to play Wasps in the Champions Cup on December 12 © PA Munster are due to play Wasps in the Champions Cup on December 12

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