England head coach Eddie Jones is self-isolating after his South African-born assistant Matt Proudfoot tested positive for the coronavirus, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Wednesday.
Officials, however, said following a further negative test, Jones will join up with his squad ahead of their Six Nations title defence a week on Thursday, a day after the players go into gamp at St George’s Park – the England football team’s training base.
“England coach Matt Proudfoot has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating. He is not displaying any symptoms,” an RFU statement said.
“Head coach Eddie Jones and (attack coach) Simon Amor have been identified as contacts and will also isolate for a 10-day period, in accordance with (UK) government guidelines”.
Proudfoot was born in South Africa and went on to play four Tests for Scotland.
He is a former assistant coach of the Springboks, most notably during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Jones’ men are due to begin their Six Nations title defence at home to Scotland on February 6.