Marler out for England, COVID-19 positive

England prop Joe Marler has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s autumn international series test against Australia, the team said in a statement on Tuesday.

Marler, 31, returned a positive lateral flow test on Monday and the result was confirmed through a PCR test on Tuesday. He will be required to isolate for 10 days.

“All of the England players and staff have undergone additional lateral flow testing — all of which returned negative results. Additional PCR testing has also taken place and [we] are awaiting results,” the team added.

Marler came off the bench in England’s 69-3 thrashing of Tonga at Twickenham last Saturday.