Super Rugby Pacific: Chiefs to field team against the Western Force despite Covid-19 outbreak

Dylan Coetzee

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Chiefs coach Clayton McMillian believes his team can still field a team this weekend in Super Rugby Pacific despite his squad experiencing another Covid outbreak.

McMillian’s side had been affected earlier in the season when the virus spread through the competition and their camp.

Playing on

The Chiefs host the Western Force in Hamilton this weekend and McMillian is confident his group will field a side despite eight or nine players contracting the virus.

“I’m not at liberty to point out individuals but there is definitely a second wave coming through our environment that’s having significant impact on availability and selection. That’s players and management. And just to be clear, it’s also all of those that haven’t previously been infected,” McMillian told NZME.

“We, like most teams, have had a good portion of our squad that got it early on in the season and another 10 or 12 that for one reason or another just didn’t seem to pick it up when everyone else did. There’s now a number that have, I think we’re probably seeing similar things happen in the community.

“It is what it is. It presents another challenge. We just need to embrace it and move forward.”

McMillan is certain the game will go forward with “no dramas”.

“One hundred per cent confident at this stage. It would take something pretty significant for us not to field a team. So no dramas.”

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