Covid outbreak hits Blues ahead of Super Rugby Pacific game against Highlanders

The Blues are said to be battling a Covid outbreak ahead of their Friday night game against the Highlanders.

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The Blues are said to be battling a Covid outbreak ahead of their Friday night game against the Highlanders.

The Blues have confirmed they are the latest Kiwi Super Rugby Pacific side to deal with a Covid outbreak, with a number of players testing positive ahead of their Friday night clash against the Highlanders in Albany.

However, the game will go ahead with the home formation set to be reshuffled.

“The Blues confirm that a small number of the squad’s players have tested positive for Covid,” the fanchise said in a statement. “They are self-isolating and the rest of the team will continue with the strict protocols, including regular testing.

The club said that while it had been extremely vigilant about health protocols, “as other Super clubs have discovered, the Omicron variant can seep into the team”.

A Blues spokesperson said some changes would be required to the playing lineup for Friday night’s game against the Highlanders (7:05 p.m. kickoff) at North Harbor Stadium.

Early reports indicated that the franchise had at least one positive player test Thursday night and Friday several more cases had been detected.

The Blues have already seen their first-round clash against Moana Pasifika postponed due to a Covid outbreak in the opposing camp.

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