England wait on Covid test results as Joe Marler positive adds to turmoil

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England’s preparations for Saturday’s autumn international with Australia have been hit by further turmoil after Joe Marler was ruled out of facing the Wallabies because of Covid. Marler has been forced into isolation after contracting the virus and England were on Tuesday night facing an anxious wait on further PCR test results which could reveal a wider outbreak.

Marler, who came off the bench in last Saturday’s 69-3 win over Tonga, initially produced a positive lateral flow test result and a subsequent PCR test yesterday confirmed he had contracted Covid-19. The rest of the 34-man squad were forced into temporary lockdown in their rooms on Monday while Marler, who is understood to have shown symptoms, has now left the England camp to isolate. The remainder of the squad were able to train on Tuesday, but they could yet face further upheaval in the buildup to Saturday’s match.

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Written by Gerard Meagher
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