18 Nov 2020
Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk says he had 'one of the worst cases' of Covid-19 at the Sale Sharks.
In early October, 27 Sale players and staff members tested positive for the virus, including De Klerk.
As a result, the Sharks had to forfeit their final league-stage Premiership match against the Worcester Warriors, which they had to win to qualify for the semi-finals.
De Klerk admitted his symptoms were among the most serious at Sale but said he had fully recovered ahead of the new domestic campaign.
'I was pretty bad. I had severe body aches and a fever for the first few days. After that, I was a bit tired. I was probably one of the worst cases at the club but I'm all good now and feeling great.
'I think I have had worse cases of flu,' he added. 'But the problem with it is that people get different symptoms, so you are just waiting to see what is going to happen.
'I felt pretty bad for the first few days and a lot of family were maybe a bit scared of me being on my own and having it. But, in terms of not infecting anyone else, that was a good thing.
'What got me through the virus was thinking: "I've got it now, and it's bad, but there are people in much worse situations than I am – whether they have contracted it or not. I was still getting paid, I was still in a privileged position. It was basically about getting through it.'