England: Jonny May tests positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Australia

Dylan Coetzee

England wing Jonny May has tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Australia ahead of his side’s three-match Test series with the Wallabies.

The speedster will now spend seven days in self-isolation per the Western Australian government regulations in a setback to Eddie Jones’s preparation for the tour of his home country.

A doubt

May is now a major doubt for the first Test on July 2 in Perth but is the only player to have tested positive for the virus.

With Jones under pressure from fans and media following England’s poor 52-21 loss to a 14-man Barbarians last Sunday, it is less than ideal preparation.

Despite May being an obvious doubt Jones refused to rule him out of select after commenting on the situation.

“We’re not going to rule Jonny May out at this stage. We’ll just see how he is,” Jones said.

“Potentially he’ll be available next Thursday to train, so we’ll have a look to see what he’s like because he’s experienced and he’s showed in his first game back against the Barbarians that he’s lacking game time and that he’s got his best rugby ahead of him.

“We’ll just monitor his situation and make an assessment closer to the day when he gets out.”

Nevertheless, several wings are still available for selection, including young call-up Henry Arundell and the experienced Jack Nowell for Jones to call on as he anticipates a hostile tour down under.

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