Glasgow Warriors can confirm that all members of our party have travelled back safely from Johannesburg.
The club’s medical team have confirmed that 32 members of the traveling party were unwell with severe gastrointestinal illness whilst in South Africa, with numbers escalating in the second week of the tour resulting in the club being unable to safely field a team against the Emirates Lions.
The symptoms of the illness and transmission behaved like Norovirus and this has subsequently been confirmed via medical testing.
The club escalated its infection control behaviours immediately after the first illness was identified and sought out advice from local and Scottish infection control experts throughout the tour.
Durban coast is also currently colonised with E.Coli following the tragic floods in the region earlier this year and Glasgow Warriors took steps to mitigate exposure. Although present in our sample we await further tests to determine its role in our illness.
Preparations have now begun for the club’s upcoming game against Benetton at Scotstoun on Friday 28 October.
Glasgow Warriors would like to thank everyone who helped us during our time in South Africa, in particular the Sharks medical team and SARU.