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ACT Brumbies put Super Rugby Pacific road trip housemates under the microscope in the event of COVID-19 | Canberra time

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Flankers with frills and free heads with locks. These are the suits that could help the ACT Brumbies keep COVID-19 at bay on Super Rugby road trips. Brumbies officials will closely monitor their rooming lists at away games this year as they consider avoiding grouping players who play in the same position in the same room to mitigate the impact on the depth chart. . If a player contracts the virus, their roommate could be considered a close contact, ruling out two players from this week’s game. Club officials will assess whether to avoid a scenario that would see, for example, tight-headed props Allan Alaalatoa and Tom Ross cohabiting. NRL side Canberra Raiders have scrapped plans for a bus trip to the Central Coast this week, instead asking players to drive separately as a positive test could see the whole team as close contacts. The Brumbies’ first road trip comes in the fourth round against Melbourne, meaning club staff have time to consider contingencies to prevent COVID-19 from disrupting their Super Rugby Pacific season. MORE RUGBY UNION “It’s going to be interesting. We’ll have to have those considerations, a lot of them have their usual roommates who they like to share a room with,” Brumbies chief operating officer Bill Swain said. “I guess you have the balance between team harmony and what it looks like, as opposed to strategy around the likelihood or the chance of someone getting COVID. We’re not so sure yet. close to making rooming lists, but that’s definitely a consideration, absolutely.” We’re in a pretty good place right now in that everyone is vaccinated and most people are triple vaccinated. It gives us a pretty solid base and relative confidence that everyone is as protected as possible. Competitive newcomers Moana Pasifika had their first two matches postponed after seven team members contracted COVID-19 ahead of the first round. Their second-round clash with Waikato Chiefs on Sunday was delayed due to concerns the team didn’t have enough time to prepare. “We know better than anyone [after] over the past two years that one day can change an entire competition,” said Brumbies loose prop Scott Sio. “It’s just about making smart decisions, understanding that we as athletes, have to make sure that we do everything we can to make the competition run as well as it can. “Fortunately for us here at the ACT, we are very lucky that everyone has complied with the rules and it’s business as usual. We just have to have the ability to adapt, to adjust, to work well as a group and organization here, and just make sure we’re doing the right things.” SUPER RUGBY PACIFIC ROUND TWO Saturday: ACT Brumbies v Fijian Drua at Canberra Stadium, 2:35 p.m. Ticketek tickets. Live broadcast on Stan. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date community news. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: