Head coach Wayne Pivac has confirmed that three members of Wales’ Test squad have tested positive for the coronavirus disease.
The 57-year-old Pivac, who replaced fellow Kiwi Warren Gatland as Wales boss, has not identified the trio of players who had contracted Covid-19, but it is understood they have since recovered.
‘At the moment we’ve had two or three cases that I’m aware of within our squad. It’s ripping through the communities here in Wales,’ Pivac told 1 NEWS.
Wales are scheduled to travel to Japan for a Test on 27 June, before flying to New Zealand for a two-Test series against the All Blacks on 4 and 11 July. Pivac says he hopes the matches can still be played.
‘I don’t think anyone wants these tours to be cancelled. We need them to be played. We need the money into the game for the game to survive. We’re all in the same boat there,’ he said.
Wales have a rearranged Six Nations game against Scotland to fit in and four November home Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Fiji.
‘With government supporting people and World Rugby doing the same thing with governing bodies, it is a no-brainer really,’ said Pivac.
World Rugby has created a relief fund of approximately US$100 million to help relieve the financial pressure on the global game from the coronavirus pandemic.
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