Owen Farrell: England captain tests positive for Covid-19 before Tonga Test

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Owen Farrell will start Saturday at fly-half in England

Autumn Nations Series: England and Tonga Date: Saturday 6 November Kick-off at 15:15 GMT. Live text commentary available on the BBC Sport app.

Owen Farrell, England's captain, has been tested positive for Covid-19 just before Saturday's Autumn Nations Series opener against Tonga.

Farrell will not be training on Friday, but the Rugby Football Union (RFU), said that he might still be able play the match.

The 30-year-old woman is currently in isolation and will undergo further testing on Friday.

A member of England's support staff was positive for HIV on Thursday. However, the RFU stated that England is continuing preparations for Saturday's match at Twickenham.

The statement stated that all other players and employees had received negative results following a second round of testing on Thursday.

Farrell will start at fly-half with Marcus Smith on bench. Marcus Smith missed several training sessions due to a minor leg injury and Marcus Smith has been unable to play.

George Ford was left out of the fall squad. Henry Slade, who is down at 13 to start, or replacement George Furbank might have to step in at 10.

The RFU will be able to confirm whether Farrell is able to play Friday afternoon.

England: Steward; Radwan, Slade, Tuilagi, May; Farrell (capt), Youngs; Genge, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Hill, Lawes, Underhill, Curry.

Blamire and Marler, Stuart, Ewels; Dombrandt, Mitchell. Smith. Furbank.