The Corona Virus Will Not Stop Argentina – Ledesma


Argentina will be ready to compete in this year’s Rugby Championship despite several players testing positive for the coronavirus at the moment.

Head coach Mario Ledesma told the Sydney Morning Herald that the coronavirus will not impact his team’s preparations to travel to Australia. Most of the 13 players and coaching staff who were forced to isolate earlier this month have recovered.

“I’m all good, I never had symptoms or anything,” Ledesma said. “Ninety-nine per cent of our staff and players were fine. Only one guy got symptoms a month ago but the other guys were asymptomatic.

“It’s really weird because we had a lot of positive cases, but all asymptomatic. Some guys were living together, sharing maté [a popular drink in Argentina] and bathrooms but one got it and the other didn’t. It happened in three or four different cases.”

"Those infected were isolated, are asymptomatic and in good health."

“We won’t wait for everybody because we’ll be waiting forever,” Ledesma said. “We can only go once to Australia, we cannot go on different flights.

“We’re testing every 72 hours. We’ll be tested 72 hours before leaving, and once we get into Australia we’ll be tested again. The margin of getting a positive is really minor. I’ll be confident enough to say that we won’t get any positive cases. We wouldn’t take that risk.”

“We’ll definitely be rusty,” he said. “When you look at Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa, the level from the beginning of the comps and the end of the comps changed quite a bit.

“We’ll be going through that transition throughout the Rugby Championship. We can assure that we’ll be fit and mentally ready. The rugby will come.”