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UK News England rugby's summer matches are thrown into chaos due to Covid-19

03:50  20 april  2021
03:50  20 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Eddie Jones et al. standing next to a man: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

England's summer fixture planning is on a knife-edge amid continuing COVID-19 disruption, with Georgia now being lined up for a potential visit to Twickenham.

Following the national team's fifth-place finish in the Six Nations, head coach Eddie Jones will be hoping to oversee a swift revival, but the immediate outlook is uncertain.

The original plan was for England to play one-off Tests against Canada and the USA on a short North American tour in July, while several leading players are away with the Lions in South Africa.

Eddie Jones wearing a hat: England's rugby team have several fixture arrangements thrown into chaos due to Covid-19 © Provided by Daily Mail England's rugby team have several fixture arrangements thrown into chaos due to Covid-19 Jamie George et al. in uniform: The side were due to play games while some stars were away on the Lions tour in South Africa © Provided by Daily Mail The side were due to play games while some stars were away on the Lions tour in South Africa

It emerged last month those end-of-season internationals were set to be switched so that England host the matches. Now, Sportsmail understands that arrangements are being undermined by chronic logistical problems.

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The USA are supposed to be facing the Springboks - as part of the world champions' preparations for their Test series against the Lions - before flying to the UK for games against England and Georgia.

However, the government are insisting that the Eagles must quarantine for 10 days as they would be arriving from a 'red zone' country, but that is not feasible in the tight time-frame.

a man standing in front of a crowd: But the proposed match against the USA is seemingly under threat due to logistical problems © Provided by Daily Mail But the proposed match against the USA is seemingly under threat due to logistical problems

So the England v USA match remains in doubt, with one source describing the process behind the scenes as a 'total mess'.

It is unclear whether the England-Canada match is at a more advanced planning stage, while Jones's men may also take on Georgia and the reinstated Saxons - the national 'A' team - are due to face Scotland.

As the Scots were supposed to be touring Georgia and Romania, there is a possibility that moves are afoot to create a round-robin event.

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