All Blacks dealt another blow as Will Jordan tests positive for Covid
Star fullback Will Jordan is the sixth member of the All Blacks camp to test positive after midfielders David Havili and Jack Goodhue were among five members confirmed to have contracted the virus on Monday.
Four-test utility back Braydon Ennor, who covers wing and midfield, was drafted into the squad after Havili and Goodhue were ruled out.
Head coach Ian Foster and his assistants John Plumtree and Scott McLeod were the other three members of camp to test positive, and all three are currently in isolation as a result however completing their coaching duties via Zoom.
New Zealand’s depleted midfield stocks also means it is likely that Quinn Tupaea and Rieko Ioane will take the reins at second-five and centre, respectively. Uncapped second-five Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is also in line for a potential debut.
First-five Richie Mo’unga is also in doubt having missed Tuesday’s training session with a stomach bug.
In a statement posted on social media on Monday, Foster said “it’s extremely disappointing” to have contracted Covid, but “was very confident in the team’s ability to carry on preparing for the first test” against the touring Irish.
Ireland’s own preparations for this weekend’s clash in Auckland were dealt a blow as former Australian U20 wing Mack Hansen tested positive for Covid.
The 24-year-old is currently isolating away from the Ireland squad, which will open its New Zealand tour when they face the Maori All Blacks in Hamilton on Wednesday.
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