Another Covid-19 case for England
TEAM NEWS: England prop Ellis Genge has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss Saturday’s one-off Test against Australia at Twickenham, the Rugby Football Union has announced.
Genge, who was named in the starting line-up by coach Eddie Jones, “returned a positive PCR result on Friday morning from a test taken on Thursday morning”, said an RFU statement.
Genge, 26, immediately went into isolation and there were no other positive results.
England confirmed that Bevan Rodd will start on his debut for England at prop.
While Trevor Davison is named on the bench.
England captain Owen Farrell missed last week’s 69-3 win against Tonga after what turned out to be a false positive test for Covid-19.
The squad, which trained on Friday, has undergone an additional round of testing.
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England – revised: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Manu Tuilagi, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Bevan Rodd.
Replacements: 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Trevor Davison, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Alex Dombrandt, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Raffi Quirke, 23 Max Malins.
Date: Saturday, November 13
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 17.30 (17.30 GMT; 04.30 AEDT Sunday, November 14)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Pierre Brousset (France)
TMO: Stuart Berry (South Africa)