REVEALED: Fiji superstar tests positive for COVID-19
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Fiji’s new captain Semi Radradra is the latest sports star to test positive for COVID-19, ahead of a Test match against France on Sunday.
The 28-year-old was tested upon arrival at the Flying Fijians’ tournament base in France on Friday and returned a positive sample.
The former Parramatta NRL star has since been isolated from the team and, according to a statement by Fijian Rugby, is showing no symptoms.
Chief executive John O’Connor confirmed Radradra, who was this week named for the first time as captain of the national side, had tested negative before joining the squad pre-camp and in subsequent tests.
“As part of the COVID-19 tournament protocols, the player has been isolated and is being monitored by our medical team,” he said.
Fiji: 15 Kini Murimurivalu, 14 Josua Tuisova, 13 Waisea Nayacalevu, 12 Levani Botia, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Ben Volavola, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Johnny Dyer, 7 Kitione Kamikamica, 6 Mesulame Kunavula, 5 Albert Tuisue, 4 Tevita Ratuva, 3 Mesake Doge, 2 Sam Matavesi, 1 Peni Ravai.
Replacements: 16 Tevita Ikanivere, 17 Haereiti Hetet, 18 Samuela Tawake, 19 Temo Mayanavanua, 20 Manueli Ratuniyarawa, 21 Simione Kuruvoli, 22 Serupepeli Vularika, 23 Setareki Tuicuvu.
Date: Sunday, November 15
Venue: Stade de la Rabine, Vannes
Kick-off: 16:15 (15:15 GMT; 03.15 FJT Monday, November 16)
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant Referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland), Andrea Piardi (Italy)
TMO: Marius Mitrea (Italy)