When arriving at Cape Town, Munster confirmed that nine members of the team -players and staff- have tested positive for covid-19.
Munster as well as Cardiff, Scarlets and Zebre headed to South Africa in early November to take part in their United Rugby Championship matches against the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers respectively.
Munster and Cardiff were hoping to join Scarlets and Zebre to return from Cape Town on Sunday aboard a charter flight after South Africa was added to the UK government’s travel red list. But Munster later reported a Covid-19 case.
“The group, including staff and players, will move to the designated quarantine hotel in Cape Town, joining the first player to test positive on Sunday,” the official statement announced.
“The remaining staff of 38 have tested negative and remain individually isolated in their rooms where they have been based since Sunday night.