Cardiff have announced that they are planning to leave South Africa this Thursday morning as they secure a flight from Cape Town to England.

The squad and staff will then return to self-isolation quarantining in dedicated accommodation in England before they can come home to Wales.

Cardiff are still awaiting another round of PCR tests, of which the results are unknown yet. It is expected more positive tests are to emerge on Wednesday.

Cardiff have been stuck in the South African capital since two of their players tested positive for Covid-19 via PCR tests.

Those two players have been isolating away from the rest of the squad in a government controlled Covid hotel in the Cape Town.

United Rugby Championship games were postponed following the detection of the Omicron variant

The statement from Cardiff Rugby stated: “Cardiff Rugby plan to depart Cape Town an Thursday morning after the club secured a charter flight and quarantine accommodation in England

“The Blue and Blacks’ travelling contingent, which includes 15 full Welsh internationals, had been left stranded in the city after South Africa was placed on the UK’s red list and borders were closed to arrivals from six countries on the continent – now 10.

“It had been hoped they would be able to depart on a flight with Munster Rugby, Scarlets and Zebre Parma on Sunday, but two positive cases ruled out the departure.

“However, working in collaboration with the United Rugby Championship and the Welsh Rugby Union, a charter flight has been confirmed for Thursday morning.

“Upon arrival in England, Wales’ capital city club will then begin a 10-day period of isolation in a UK Government Covid-19 hotel.

“Those remaining in South Africa will undertake 10-days quarantine in a South African Covid-19 hotel and will be repatriated to the UK as soon as possible.

“Cardiff Rugby would like to thank the URC, WRU and government agencies in South Africa for their support at this difficult time.”

The news yesterday of deteriorating mental health caused concerns amongst fans, friends and family from home – as reports announced the players were experiencing panic attacks.

We really hope these issues have been resolved amongst the boys and hope to see them back home soon!