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England confirm Covid results as Bevan Rodd called up after Joe Marler positive

Harlequins prop Joe Marler is isolating and will not face Australia after contracting the coronavirus, but the rest of the England squad are in the clear after the latest batch of negative PCR test results

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There will be a sense of relief around Pennyhill Park after England confirmed no further Covid-19 cases following the positive result that has ruled prop Joe Marler out of Saturday’s Test against Australia.

The Harlequins loosehead was forced into a 10-day isolation period after testing positive on both a lateral flow and PCR test on Monday evening.

That came after England captain Owen Farrell missed Saturday’s 69-3 thumping of Tongadue to a false positive, while the squad announcement for that game was delayed following a positive case among the coaching staff.

However, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has now confirmed all playing and backroom staff who took additional PCR tests in the wake of Marler’s results have come back negative.



Joe Marler is in isolation for 10 days and is understood to be symptomatic
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Head coach Eddie Jones has called up Bevan Rodd as cover for the No. 1 jersey, but he’ll be glad no further reinforcements appear to be required for the clash against his home nation.

Leicester Tigers captain Ellis Genge started in the win over Tonga and looks set to keep his place, while Newcastle Falcons prop Trevor Davison can cover both sides of the scrum.

Scottish-born Sale Sharks starlet has been added to the list of options at loosehead after he was called up on Wednesday, with the former England under-18 hoping to win his first senior cap.

Rodd, 21, was previously called into England’s June squad for the summer Tests against Canada and the United States but failed to make his debut.

What changes would you make to England’s XV for the clash against Australia? Let us know in the comments section.



Bevan Rodd has been called into the England squad ahead of a potential senior debut
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In an effort to curb the chances of any further disruption caused by the coronavirus, the RFU has decided to keep England’s 34-man squad together for the remainder of the autumn internationals.

It’s common for unused players to return to their Premiership employers if not selected for England games, but no players are expected to be released in the coming weeks regardless of their matchday status.

That means the England squad face a more intense close to their autumn schedule against Australia (Nov. 13) and reigning world champions South Africa (Nov. 20) over the next fortnight.


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