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5 Nov 2021
12:57 pm

England captain Farrell returns positive Covid test

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A spokeswoman for the RFU said it was too soon to say if Farrell had been ruled out of Saturday's match.

Owen Farrell has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of the Tonga Test on Saturday. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

England captain Owen Farrell has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of this weekend’s match against Tonga at Twickenham, the Rugby Football Union said Friday.

A statement from the English game’s governing body said Farrell would miss Friday’s training session and remain in isolation before undergoing further tests.

A spokeswoman for the RFU said it was too soon to say if Farrell had been ruled out of Saturday’s match, although it would appear his place at flyhalf against Tonga for England’s opening match of their November campaign is in severe doubt.

All other England players and staff had a round of PCR testing on Thursday after a member of head coach Eddie Jones’ backroom team returned a positive result, with Farrell the only other confirmed case.