England avoid further Covid chaos as all additional PCR tests return negative results


Relieved England are spared further Covid chaos as all additional PCR tests come back negative after Joe Marler tested positive to rule him out of Australia showdown

  • England have no further positive coronavirus results to report after extra testing 
  • Some members of staff and players took additional tests after Joe Marler’s case 
  • Captain Owen Farrell had missed the Test against Tonga with a false-positive  


England have encountered no further coronavirus setbacks in the wake of Joe Marler’s positive test that has ruled him out of Saturday’s showdown with Australia.

The Rugby Football Union has reported that all playing and backroom staff who underwent an additional round of PCR testing in the wake of Marler’s confirmed case have produced negative results.

Eddie Jones will breath a sigh of relief at news that means disruption for the the Wallabies collision is limited to finding a replacement for Marler on the bench.

England have received no further setbacks after Joe Marler tested positive for coronavirus

The Harlequins prop played 14 minutes of the 69-3 victory over Tonga that launched the autumn, providing loosehead cover for first choice in the position Ellis Genge.

While the outcome of the PCR testing will be welcomed, England are still facing a second weekend of disruption because of Covid.

Captain Owen Farrell missed the Tonga clash after returning a positive test only for reanalysis of the sample to reveal it was a false-positive.

In an attempt to limit any further setbacks, all 34 players in Jones’ autumn squad – including those not selected against Australia – are remaining in camp for the whole week.

Owen Farrell missed the Autumn Test against Tonga after delivering a false-positive sample

Owen Farrell missed the Autumn Test against Tonga after delivering a false-positive sample

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