Marcus Smith ruled out of Harlequins’ ‘Big Game’ clash with Northampton Saints after testing positive for Covid-19… with Will Edwards set to take on the No 10 jersey in his absence
- Harlequins have confirmed that Marcus Smith has tested positive for Covid-19
- The 22-year-old will miss Monday’s showdown with Northampton Saints
- Team-mate James Chisholm is also out after returning a positive PCR test
- Both men are expected to return for their trip to Gloucester on January 2
England fly-half Marcus Smith will be missing from the Harlequins side for Monday’s ‘Big Game’ Gallagher Premiership clash against Northampton Saints at Twickenham after testing positive for Covid-19.
Smith had a breakthrough autumn campaign at international level last month and kicked his side to victory over South Africa with a last-minute penalty.
He would have had another chance to impress England head coach Eddie Jones on the big stage as Harlequins have sold more than 70,000 tickets for today’s clash.
But the 22-year-old playmaker and his team-mate James Chisholm have been ruled out of the game after returning positive PCR tests earlier this week. Will Edwards steps in for Smith in the Harlequins No 10 jersey.
Harlequins have confirmed that Marcus Smith has tested positive for Covid-19
A Harlequins statement read: ‘Due to health and welfare regulations, all players must observe a clear graded return to match intensity fitness following a positive Covid-19 result.
‘Unfortunately, there was not enough time for either player to pass through these protocols before Big Game 13 and they are therefore unavailable for selection for this fixture.
‘Both are expected to be fit for the Gallagher Premiership fixture away to Gloucester on January 2.’