England produce no more Covid cases after Genge and Marler’s positive tests

Eddie Jones and England can breathe a sigh of relief after no further positive Covid cases were recorded following the latest round of PCR testing.

England are gearing up to face rivals Australia later this evening at Twickenham, with kick-off at 5:30pm, but were hit with a scare ahead of their second Autumn International.

Props Ellis Genge and Joe Marler are self-isolating following positive Covid tests during the week, and had been confirmed to miss today's showdown at Twickenham.

But the RFU have confirmed that England's Covid outbreak has produced no further cases of the virus, with the remainder of the playing squad and backroom staff given the green light to get going against Australia.

Bevan Rodd, who was born in Scotland, covers the loss of Genge and Marler by making his debut at loosehead, while Trevor Davison will offer another option off the bench.

For Genge, he will also have to sit out the Autumn International finale against South Africa next weekend due to having to isolate for a period of 10 days, but Marler will be back available.

England are looking to make history later today, as they target an unprecedented eighth straight win over their old rivals.

Jones' side head into the weekend encounter against Dave Rennie's Wallabies in rather buoyant mood following their victory over Tonga last time out at Twickenham.

Jones' new-look England side stormed to a rampant 69-3 triumph over Tonga last Saturday, without skipper Owen Farrell due to Covid.

England ran home 11 tries against Tonga, including five in the opening period and six in the last half at Twickenham.

Adam Radwan and Maro Itoje were among the first-half try-scorers, while Jonny May, Jamie George and Ben Youngs completed braces following the restart.

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