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Ed­die ready for bio­sphere breach

- By CHRIS FOY England · London · Eddie Jones · South Africa · Japan · Georgia · France · Italy · Rugby Football Union · Twickenham

ENG­LAND are braced for the like­li­hood of a player breach­ing Covid-19 pro­to­cols if they are forced to op­er­ate in a ‘se­vere bio­sphere’ for their au­tumn cam­paign — although that is in doubt. The RFU hi­er­ar­chy have been alerted to the in­evitabil­ity of a mem­ber — or mem­bers — of the squad fail­ing to ad­here to iso­la­tion guide­lines through­out their long spell in the camp. Eng­land are due to base them­selves in a fa­mil­iar ho­tel close to Twick­en­ham, where they can use ex­ten­sive train­ing fa­cil­i­ties on site, as part of plans to ex­ist in a ‘bub­ble’. How­ever, it is un­clear how strict the reg­u­la­tions will be in terms of Covid health and safety. Sources have in­di­cated that Wales — set to be based in Lon­don — are push­ing for the op­tion of re­turn­ing home to see fam­i­lies at cer­tain junc­tures dur­ing the eight-team tour­na­ment which is due to take place in Novem­ber. If Six Na­tions of­fi­cials al­low such flex­i­bil­ity, it is un­der­stood that Eng­land will re­lax their strict plans for what head coach Ed­die Jones called a ‘se­vere bio­sphere’. Mean­while, after re­ports that South Africa were des­tined to take the place in the eight-na­tions tour­na­ment va­cated by Ja­pan, Sports­mail has learned that Ge­or­gia will be the side to fill the void, in a pool also con­tain­ing France, Italy and Scot­land.

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