Sevens team hopeful mumps outbreak contained

Medical staff will check in with the New Zealand women‘s rugby Sevens team every 12 hours for the next few days, after a case of mumps was confirmed in the team.

Ruby Tui Photo: Photosport

Ruby Tui, 26, is with the team at their pre-games camp on the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

She is in isolation and being supported by a New Zealand Team doctor who has travelled to the Sunshine Coast to be with her.

The wider team will remain in isolation at their camp while further assessments are made on players and support staff.

The team had been scheduled to come into the games village today but will instead remain in camp until Sunday.

The New Zealand Team medical team lead and team psychologist will also travel to support the team on the Sunshine Coast.

The team‘s chef de mission, Rob Waddell, said the squad was now going through a medical process.

“So, checking in every 12 hours, we‘ve got a medical team up there keeping an eye on it. We‘ll just have to follow that through.”

It comes after Kat Whata-Simpkins was ruled out of the squad with a leg injury. Tenika Willison moves into the squad of 12 and Alena Saili joins the team as the travelling reserve.

Injury and illness have also forced changes to the men‘s rugby sevens team for this week‘s games.

Young rising stars Ngarohi McGarvey Black and Caleb Clarke have both been ruled out.

McGarvey Black sustained an ankle injury in a warm up game against Australia last Thursday and has returned home.

Clarke, the team‘s travelling reserve, was diagnosed with an appendicitis over the weekend and is undergoing surgery today before returning to New Zealand.

Etene Nanai-Seturo has been confirmed as a replacement for McGarvey Black, while a decision on Clarke‘s replacement will be made later.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

“They‘re masters of turning adversity into opportunity,” Mr Waddell said.

“They‘re wonderful athletes, a wonderful team.”

“That‘s what sport is about, is overcoming these challenges, so I am sure they‘ll be working through it.”