Captain of England’s rugby team Owen Farrell has tested positive for coronavirus one day ahead of the first match within Autumn Internationals against Tonga.
Nonetheless, Farrell, 30, hasn’t been completely out of the participant list for the next match against Tonga as he will be examined more thoroughly on Friday. But his attendance at the match as a player remains under question.
The Rugby Football Union released a statement that revealed the negative results for COVID-19 presence with subsequent lateral flow tests for all the players and staffers after several tests were taken. But Owen Farrell was an exception as the second stage of testing returned with a positive result for the captain.
In the case of Farrell’s further COVID-19 tests returning positive Marcus Smith or George Furbank are the front challengers for the replacement. The captain, who plays under No 10 would be also obliged to conduct a mandatory 10-day isolation which means that Farrell will be absent at the match against Australia, scheduled on November 13.
The line-up for tomorrow's match against Donga has not been announced yet.