England prop Shaunagh Brown to miss Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji due to Covid-19

Shaunagh Brown will undergo a seven-day isolation period
Shaunagh Brown will undergo a seven-day isolation period

England's preparations for the Rugby World Cup has been hampered with prop Shaunagh Brown ruled out of the tournament opener against Fiji after testing positive for Covid-19.

Brown will now undergo a seven-day isolation period which meant she will now miss the encounter at Eden Park on 8th October.

"Shaunagh Brown has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now undertaking a seven-day isolation period as required by New Zealand Government regulation," England Rugby said in a statement.

The news on Brown came after her room-mate Sadia Kabeya was also tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

However, Kabeya has since completed her isolation period and is set to be available for the game against Fiji.

Simon Middleton’s squad were forced to undergo a full round of Covid-19 testing but the remaining squad members returned negative result.

England, who are currently on a record 25 consecutive victories are grouped in Pool C alongside France, South Africa and Fiji.