Marcus Smith will miss Harlequins’ Premiership clash against Northampton Saints at Twickenham after testing positive for Covid-19… but the England fly half is expected to return for the trip to Gloucester
- Fly half Marcus Smith enjoyed a breakthrough autumn campaign for England
- He has missed out on impressing Eddie Jones after testing positive for Covid-19
- Smith will be absent for Harlequins’ Premiership clash with Northampton Saints
England fly-half Marcus Smith will miss the Gallagher Premiership clash between his Harlequins side and Northampton Saints at Twickenham tomorrow after testing positive for Covid-19.
Smith had a breakthrough autumn campaign at international level last month and kicked Eddie Jones’ England to victory over South Africa.
He would have had another chance to impress Red Rose head coach Jones on the big stage as Harlequins have sold more than 70,000 tickets for their ‘Big Game’ clash with Saints.
Marcus Smith will miss Harlequins’ clash against Gloucester after testing positive for Covid-19
But the 22-year-old playmaker and his team-mate James Chisholm have both been ruled out of the game.w
The pair tested positive for Covid-19 via a PCR test earlier this week.
Will Edwards steps in for Smith in the Harlequins No 10 jersey against Northampton.
England fly-half Smith would have had another chance to impress Red Rose coach Eddie Jones
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.’