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England Confusion Over Owen Farrell’s ‘False Positive’ Covid Test

England confusion over Owen Farrell’s ‘false positive’ Covid test after UK Health Security Agency insists they have NOT been contacted by RFU, and captain’s availability for Australia crash is in doubt

  • Eddie Jones said it would be left to the UK Health Security Agency.
  • But agency sources say they have not been contacted by the England side.
  • Jonny May from England suggested Farrell’s Covid result was a false positive
  • By law, Farrell must isolate himself for 10 days and therefore will be lost next week.


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Owen Farrell’s availability as England’s captain against Australia next week was shrouded in confusion on Saturday night.

Head coach Eddie Jones said England was leaving the decision on their captain’s involvement to the UK Health Security Agency. But sources at the agency, which replaced Public Health England last month, said The mail on Sunday they were unaware of any national team contacts.

England wing Jonny May suggested that Farrell’s Covid result was a false positive. The RFU declined to clarify details about the follow-up tests. By law, Farrell must isolate for 10 days after his PCR test came back positive on Friday.

Owen Farrell's availability as England captain against Australia is shrouded in confusion

Owen Farrell’s availability as England captain against Australia is shrouded in confusion

Eddie Jones said England was leaving the decision to the UK Health Security Agency.

Eddie Jones said England was leaving the decision to the UK Health Security Agency.

Eddie Jones said England was leaving the decision to the UK Health Security Agency.

“We are only following Covid regulations and protocols and we are awaiting further guidance,” Jones said. ‘It is not my decision, it is Public Health, so we leave it to them and we are just waiting. We’ve done everything we’re supposed to do. ‘

The England players underwent PCR testing after a member of Jones’ backroom staff tested positive for a lateral flow test on Thursday. Farrell’s positive later ruled him out of Saturday’s game at Twickenham.

May, who scored twice as England raced on 11 attempts, revealed she feared the Covid outbreak could force her to quit the game. “It appears that all the accounts are a false positive and that is a different discussion,” he said.

“ I was worried that we had come down for breakfast this morning and that the game would not have started if we had had a few more positives. Acting in such conditions and distractions is a merit of the team. It was stressful. It’s hard enough preparing for a test match.

Jonny May revealed that he feared the Covid outbreak could force quit the game.

‘On Thursday morning we tested positive in the field, we are about to train and we all have to go back to our rooms and we all have CRP and lateral flow and we are not sure if we are going to train.

‘In 20 minutes the message comes out that we have to run and train, we are all PCR, everyone is nervous … what if a positive comes? Are we going to get into a game?

“ It didn’t make us lose our way, but it was a distraction that I thought we handled well. It was a challenge. ‘

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