• Omicron variant, the Rugby Zebras blocked in South Africa.

    Tomorrow the return to Italy


November 29, 2021The odyssey of the Parma Zebras, the rugby team stuck in Cape Town, South Africa, where they were for the United Rugby Championship tournament, canceled due to the Omicron variant, is over.

Players and staff landed this morning at Bologna airport after a stopover in Dublin.

As per protocol, they were all swabs.

If the results are negative, the Zebras will be subjected to 10-day fiduciary isolation.

"Landed in Bologna, by bus to Parma. All negative buffers". Talking about the journey home from South Africa is the president of the franchise, Michele Dalai. "Following the instructions of the Ministry of Health we will do a period of isolation in the hotel and other tampons before returning home - he wrote in a post on Facebook - As right, for our families and for all our loved ones".

The Italian team was postponed rounds 6 and 7 of the United Rugby Championship due to sudden developments related to the new Covid-19 variant (B.1.1.529) which immediately included South Africa in the lists of countries at risk by United Kingdom and European Union. Along with the Zebras, three other teams, the Irish from Munster and the Welsh from Cardiff and Scarlets, were stranded in a hotel in Cape Town.

Unlike the Parma franchise, in their teams there are cases of positivity to the Omicron variant of Covid.

Munster and Cardiff were unable to leave South Africa.

Munster, who should have returned to Ireland today, said that, after the last swabs carried out, a positive case emerged and for this the local authorities have ordered the isolation of the whole group in the hotel.

In Cardiff, which is located in Cape Town, there are two cases of positivity and even in this "we are unable to move", the club said in a tweet.