Six Nations: England suffer fresh blow before Scotland opener as Joe Marchant tests positive for Covid | Rugby Union News

Joe Marchant’s case was confirmed by lateral flow and PCR tests on Friday and he will miss at least the start of the training week at the squad’s base in Surrey; Louis Lynagh and Adam Radwan called up to 37-man squad

Last Updated: 30/01/22 9:59 pm


England have suffered yet another setback in advance of their Guinness Six Nations opener against Scotland after Joe Marchant tested positive for Covid-19.

Marchant’s case was confirmed by lateral flow and PCR tests on Friday and he will miss at least the start of the training week at the squad’s base in Surrey.

The versatile Harlequins back, who covers outside center and wing, was set to feature at Murrayfield on Saturday as England contend with a lengthy injury list.

It throws his participation in the Calcutta Cup clash into doubt, while prop Joe Marler also remains in self-isolation because of coronavirus.

Northampton back Tommy Freeman has been ruled out by a hamstring injury, but he was unlikely to play any part against Scotland.

Plugging the gaps created in head coach Eddie Jones’ 37-man squad are wings Louis Lynagh and Adam Radwan.

England head coach Eddie Jones and vice-captain Tom Curry say it's a 'massive blow' that captain Owen Farrell will miss the entire Six Nations campaign with an ankle injury.

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England head coach Eddie Jones and vice-captain Tom Curry say it’s a ‘massive blow’ that captain Owen Farrell will miss the entire Six Nations campaign with an ankle injury.

England head coach Eddie Jones and vice-captain Tom Curry say it’s a ‘massive blow’ that captain Owen Farrell will miss the entire Six Nations campaign with an ankle injury.

Courtney Lawes remains a doubt as he continues to recover from the concussion sustained for Northampton against Ulster earlier in the month and Nick Isiekwe is to stay with England for the week as cover.

Having lost Owen Farrell to ankle surgery for the entire Championship, Jones will be hoping that Lawes recovers with the Lions flanker likely to deputise as captain.

England also have fitness concerns of varying degrees over wings Jonny May and Anthony Watson, centers Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade, lock Jonny Hill and flanker Sam Underhill.

May and Watson will play no part in the Six Nations, Tuilagi and Underhill should feature at some point and Hill and Slade could be available for the Scotland game.

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