All Blacks hit by COVID-19 outbreak ahead of test against Ireland

New Zealand’s preparations for its first test against Ireland were thrown into disarray after head coach Ian Foster, his assistant John Plumtree and two players tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Foster and Plumtree are isolating at home while players David Havili and Jack Goodhue — who are both specialist midfield backs — have not joined the squad in Auckland ahead of Saturday’s series opener.

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