Springbok legend Danie Gerber says he is ‘shocked’ after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.


The centre scored 19 tries in 24 internationals holds the Springboks record for most tries scored against England (3) in a single match.

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The 61-year-old now fears he may have infected his family.

“I am shocked. I cannot believe it. I am just worried about my family now. They are now awaiting results,” Gerber told The Times LIVE in South Africa.

Gerber said he had travelled extensively by plane in the previous two weeks and believes he may have caught the virus in the process.


“I have no clue where I could have gotten it. I have been playing golf in several places and travelling all over (SA). I have been on six aircraft and in contact with a lot of people.

“Whoever I have been in contact with, please check for symptoms and get yourself tested,” he said.

Gerber says his symptoms includes body aches and a fever.

“I was in pain and went to get it checked out. I then went to the drive-through test centre (in Port Elizabeth) on Thursday and they phoned me on Friday afternoon.


Gerber has been told to self-isolate by healthcare professionals.

“I am shocked that I was positive. I am currently at home in a room that I cannot leave. It is starting to sink in and it is very scary.”

“When you do the test you fill in the forms and state where you have been. So they (the department of health) have it but they have not contacted me.

“I am feeling fine besides feeling sore. I have no other symptoms, no cough or anything like that. Luckily I stay fairly fit so I think that has helped me as well.”

Due to Apartheid, he only managed 24 games in 12 years, but despite this in 2007 he was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

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