Roberts ‘feel­ing fine’ as Pro14 ready to restart af­ter no fur­ther pos­i­tive Covid tests

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Rugby Union - By Ben Coles

The Welsh Rugby Union have re­ported no fur­ther pos­i­tive tests for Covid-19 fol­low­ing the lat­est round of test­ing on Tues­day, with Drag­ons cen­tre Jamie Roberts con­firm­ing he was “feel­ing fine” af­ter pre­vi­ously test­ing pos­i­tive.

The news of no fur­ther pos­i­tive cases was a ma­jor boost for Drag­ons and the Pro14 ahead of the sea­son’s restart this week­end, with Drag­ons to face Ospreys on Sun­day.

Cardiff Blues will take on Scar­lets this week­end, as the league re­turns with two rounds of derby matches be­fore the start of the knock­out stages, af­ter the Pro14 sea­son was sus­pended in March due to Covid-19.

More pos­i­tive tests would have added dis­rup­tion to the lon­gawaited re­turn of pro­fes­sional rugby in Wales.

“Welsh Rugby has con­ducted a fur­ther 288 tests this week, tak­ing the to­tal to 1,665. There have been no ad­di­tional pos­i­tive tests recorded at this point,” the WRU said in a state­ment.

“The in­di­vid­ual who had pre­vi­ously tested pos­i­tive is cur­rently iso­lat­ing and was not tested in the lat­est round of Welsh Rugby’s test­ing pro­gramme this week. All Pub­lic Health Wales and Gov­ern­ment guide­lines have been fol­lowed.”

Roberts ad­dressed the reports yes­ter­day, writ­ing on Twit­ter that he ap­pre­ci­ated the mes­sages of sup­port he had re­ceived, while also ques­tion­ing how his med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion had been made pub­lic.

“Ap­pre­ci­ate mes­sages re. Covid. I’m feel­ing fine. Lot of DIY at home,” Roberts said. “De­lighted no other pos­i­tive tests. How was my con­fi­den­tial med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion pub­lished?”

Roberts re­turned to Wales fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion of the Su­per Rugby sea­son in March, hav­ing been based in South Africa play­ing for the Storm­ers.

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