The complexities of playing a Six Nations in a pandemic were further underlined yesterday when France’s squad were forced to go into self-isolation after one of the coaching staff tested positive for coronavirus. Coach Fabien Galthie also returned a “suspicious” test result.
Jones, who joined England’s pre-tournament camp a day late after self-isolating, reckons there may be a “negative” knock-on for the championship leaders.
“I always felt like I was catching up,” said Jones. “I came into camp late, I was trying to catch up to where we needed to be. We, and I, probably didn’t handle it well. They might handle it better than us.”
Jack Willis will need an operation on the medial knee ligament injury he sustained against Italy last weekend and is set to miss the rest of the season.
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