Wales rugby squad players and member of management not double-jabbed

Wales rugby squad players and member of management not double-jabbed

Not all of Wales’ autumn rugby squad have been double-jabbed with the Covid-19 vaccination.

Head coach Wayne Pivac revealed “two or three” players and a member of management are not fully protected ahead of their autumn campaign against New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia.

The topic of whether players have or have not taken up the vaccine has been a contentious one in sport in recent weeks and months, with players, coaches and managers being asked about it throughout the pandemic.

It has already been reported that England will not make Covid vaccinations compulsory, with Eddie Jones free to pick players who have not been double-jabbed.

And it has now emerged it will be a similar scenario in the Welsh camp.

“I have not checked in the last 24 hours but a short time ago we were right up there,” said Pivac when asked on Wednesday.

“There are only two or three players who haven’t been double jabbed and only one management person left to go so we’re in a pretty good space.

“Our testing regime doesn’t change, we have been squeaky clean for the last couple of campaigns.

“It looks from the outside that Covid rules have been relaxed but in terms of our rugby environment once the players come into camp on Sunday we’re in a bubble like the last two campaigns.

“The players won’t be going home, they’re in for the full week, then they get to go home for 24 hours after a Test match and then they’re back for a full week again.

“That’ll happen for the five weeks, we won’t be releasing players back to club rugby and then back again because those teams are in and around the community

“This virus is as strong as it ever was in terms of its numbers in the community, so there is so much at risk in these games in terms of what is at stake in terms of the revenues.

“We don’t have the luxury of a club team where we can put it off for a weekend a month or two later.

“We’ll be in a strict bubble even if the public can do what they do.”

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When pressed upon whether those yet to be vaccinated were planning on doing so in the future, Pivac couldn’t give a definitive answer.

“The medical team take care of all of that to be honest,” he added. “I have been flat out on selection.”

When asked for comment, a WRU spokesperson said: “The WRU do not mandate Covid vaccinations for players and staff in the senior national squads.

“This is an individual choice we encourage people to make using all available medical information. We view this as a private medical decision and will not publish information about the group or individual vaccine status.”

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