LONDON (AP) — England were forced to make a belated change to the starting grid for Saturday’s rugby test against Australia after another prop contracted the coronavirus.
Ellis Genge tested positive on Friday and has gone into isolation.
England said no other positive tests were received among players or staff, and training went ahead as scheduled on Friday.
Genge was replaced on the team by the uncapped Bevan Rodd, who was only called into the squad after fellow prop Joe Marler tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.
Trevor Davison has been promoted to the bench.
It is the second consecutive test in November where England coach Eddie Jones had to change his plans at the last minute because of a player who tested positive for the corona virus.
Owen Farrell did so ahead of Saturday’s game against Tonga, which England won 69-3. It turned out to be a false positive, but Farrell wasn’t told until Sunday.
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