England’s Covid outbreak produces no further cases ahead of Australia test

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The Rugby Football Union have confirmed that England’s outbreak of Covid-19 has produced no further cases.

While props Ellis Genge and Joe Marler are self-isolating after testing positive earlier this week, the latest round of PCR testing have shown no further cases.

The remainder of the playing squad and backroom staff were given the green light to participate in the Cook Cup showdown.

Scottish-born 21-year-old Bevan Rodd covers for the loss of Genge and Marler by making his debut at loosehead with Trevor Davison offering another option from the bench.

Genge will also miss the climax to the autumn against South Africa due to the requirement to isolate for 10 days, but Marler will be available.

England are targeting an unprecedented eighth successive victory over Australia and are odds-on favourites to protect Eddie Jones’ unblemished record against his compatriots.

Genge, after Marler, was the third player to test positive for England this autumn.

Captain Owen Farrell also tested positive last week, meaning he missed the game against Tonga, only to learn that the result was false.

“Every day is an adventure and we are on a bit of a rollercoaster at the moment — Covid keeps coming,” said Jones.

Additional reporting from PA

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