JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — The South African national rugby sevens team will be tested for COVID-19 and resume training next week, said their coach Neil Powell on Tuesday.

He said resuming training will boost the players physically and mentally.

“The players will welcome the return no doubt. It has been tough on them mentally to be away from the game for so long and while they managed to train on their own during the lockdown period.  It will also be good for them to get back into a training routine, although in smaller groups,” said Powell.

He said they will focus on fitness and strength work in the first month and start skills training in September to ensure all players get into the right habits and protocols.

Powell said, “The guys will be keen to get back into action, but we will manage the start of the new season. Not only are there certain protocols in place during our return to training phase of the lockdown, we also have to make sure the players are following those to the letter.”

All the games were cancelled in March when South African government introduced national lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 from spreading.