Wales suffer early Six Nations blow with Tshiunza positive for Covid

Wales suffer early Six Nations blow as Christ Tshiunza tests positive for Covid-19… with the young Exeter forward unlikely to be available in time for the start of their Championship defence against Ireland

  • Wales are likely to be without Christ Tshiunza for their opening Six Nations tie
  • The holders are due to face Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on February 5
  • Tshiunza, 20, has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of their curtain-raiser
  • The youngster is now set to miss the clash with Ireland after entering isolation 

Defending champions Wales have been dealt an early Six Nations blow after Exeter forward Christ Tshiunza tested positive for Covid-19. 

The 20-year-old won his first two Test caps last autumn and is considered by Wales head coach Wayne Pivac as a promising young talent with the 2023 World Cup in mind. 

But it is now unlikely Tshiunza will be involved in Wales’ Six Nations opener with Ireland on February 5 because he is now in isolation. 

Wales back-row Ross Moriarty has been released back to the Dragons as he looks to prove his fitness for Ireland after recovering from a shoulder injury. 

Wales have received an early Six Nations blow after Christ Tshiunza tested positive for Covid

The news comes as a huge frustration to Wayne Pivac ahead of their opener against Ireland

Moriarty will be joined at the Dragons for next season by his Wales team-mate Bradley Roberts after it was confirmed the South African-born hooker has signed from Irish province Ulster. 

‘The move to Dragons means I can keep pushing to be part of the Wales set-up,’ said Roberts, who made a shock Test bow against the country of his birth last year. 

‘I’ve only just started with that and I want to add to those experiences.’ 

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