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Savea third All Black stricken by Mumps

Ardie Savea (Photo/Gettys Images)

Ardie Savea is the latest All Black to contract the Mumps viral infection, following Jack Goodhue and Rieko Ioane who also caught the disease.

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Savea has been kept in isolation at their Cardiff hotel away from the rest of the touring party.

“He’s in his room and has been in isolation for a few days. He has been fully vaccinated previously as a kid, but clearly, he has got something. He’s recovering pretty quickly, so we’ve just kept him apart [from the team],” said assistant coach Ian Foster.

“Are we worried about it? No, we’re not. But have we taken every precaution? Yes, we have. Clearly Ardie must have been in fairly close proximity to Rieko at some point.

“If you look at time-lines that’s probably how it would work.”

Symptoms of the disease typically occur from 16 to 18 days after exposure and resolve after seven to 10 days.

“Clearly it’s caught us on the hop a little bit,” added Foster. “It’s not something you get a lot of, so it’s really come out of the blue. We’re really satisfied with the way doc’s (team doctor Tony Page) reacted really quickly with Rieko, and obviously Ardie was susceptible even though he’d done everything right in the past.

“It’s something we’ve taken really seriously, and I know Tony has done a great job of isolating it. But clearly Ardie has caught something.”

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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