England’s players and coaches in COVID-19 isolation but no concerns for Rugby Canada

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Team Canada will play against England on Saturday

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England rugby team is keeping its fingers crossed that it will avoid a COVID-19 outbreak before taking on Canada in London on Saturday.

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The home team announced on Wednesday that Jack Kenningham was recommended to isolate himself after tracing identified him as a potential contact for a positive case of COVID-19.

A member of the English team is now also isolating itself due to a separate contact tracing notification, the team said.

Both the Canadian and English teams are subject to strict COVID-19 protocols that are mostly confined to their hotel rooms outside of practice, similar to the procedures used by the NHL last season.

Officials from the English Rugby Football Union are also present in the hotel as compliance officers.

For their two-week trip to England – Canada met Wales last Saturday – the Canadians are stationed at a hotel outside of Bristol.

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“It’s a bubble environment,” said Jamie Levchuk, Rugby Canada’s general manager for operations, on Wednesday. “England keeps our team up to date. (The exposure) seems to be limited. “

Levchuck said the Canadian team had no concerns about the situation.

“The lines of communication (between rugby Canada and England) are completely open,” he said.

The UK’s National Health Service used a tracking app loaded on cellphones to aid in contact tracking and both coaches and players received notifications through the automated system.

Injury watch for Larsen

The Canadian trainer Kingsley Jones told Postmedia on Tuesday via text message that the second rower Josh Larsen was doubtful to play on Saturday due to an unknown injury.

Tyler Rowland, who won his first international against Wales, is injured and is not an option, added Jones.

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