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Eddie Jones WILL leave out the beginning of England’s Six Countries camp after being put into self-isolation

BREAKING NEWS: Eddie Jones WILL miss the start of England’s Six Nations camp after being put into 10-day self-isolation due to forwards coach Matt Proudfoot testing positive for Covid

  • England’s Six Nations preparations have suffered a huge setback due to Covid
  • Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday
  • Proudfoot is said to be symptomless but is now in quarantine as a result
  • It means England head coach Eddie Jones will have to self-isolate for 10 days 

England’s Six Nations preparations have been rocked as their forwards coach Matt Proudfoot tested positive for Covid – meaning Eddie Jones has to isolate for 10 days.

Proudfoot, the South African who was snapped up by England having guided the Springboks to the World Cup in 2019, is said to be symptomless but is now in quarantine.

His positive test was caught during England’s pre-tournament Covid screening, and as head coach Jones and attack coach Simon Amor have been identified as close contacts both have to isolate as per government guidelines.

Eddie Jones will miss the start of England's Six Nations camp after being forced to self-isolate for 10 days due to forwards coach Matt Proudfoot testing positive for Covid-19

Eddie Jones will miss the start of England’s Six Nations camp after being forced to self-isolate for 10 days due to forwards coach Matt Proudfoot testing positive for Covid-19

It means all three will miss the start of the national squad’s first Six Nations camp – which begins at the home of Gareth Southgate’s footballers, St George’s Park, next Wednesday.

The trio will be tested again later this week, and if negative will be able to join the squad on Thursday January 28.

Jones names his Six Nations squad this Friday afternoon.

The shock positive result comes at a time of uncertainty in the game after the French government forced the cancellation of European Cup fixtures due to virus concerns.

Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot (left) returned a positive test and will also self-isolate

Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot (left) returned a positive test and will also self-isolate

It meant all Champions and Challenge Cup matches were called off last weekend and this, and then the English Premiership decided to stick to their original schedule and take a two-week break.

But while the Six Nations have been determined that the tournament will go ahead, a Covid outbreak could put a serious spanner in the works and force a re-think.

Harsher strictures and double testing each week will be in place during the tournament, ramping up the measures from the Autumn Nations Cup during which it is understood England did not register a single positive test.

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