England’s plans for a successful tour of Australia have suffered a setback after wing Jonny May returned a positive PCR test for Covid-19.
The try-scoring wing’s case was confirmed on Friday by the Rugby Football Union after he showed symptoms upon arriving in Perth and under Western Australian government guidelines, he must spend the next seven days in self-isolation.
No other members of the touring squad have been involved, with May now unlikely to feature in the first of a three-Test series against the Wallabies on 2 July.
The 32-year-old May underwent knee surgery in January. He made his comeback as a replacement for Gloucester against Saracens earlier this month and started in England’s humiliating 52-21 defeat by the Barbarians in a non-cap international at Twickenham on Sunday.
May, second only to Rory Underwood in England’s list of all-time leading try-scorers, now has little chance to prove his fitness ahead of the first Test.
England have won all eight of their Tests against the Wallabies since former Australia coach Eddie Jones took charge of the Red Rose brigade following the 2015 World Cup.
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