England will be without the services of assistant coach Jason Ryles for the upcoming Six Nations tournament following restrictions over Covid-19.
Former Australia rugby league international Ryles joined the red rose team on a full-time basis during last year's autumn series after guiding Melbourne Storm to victory in the NRL grand final.
However, the 42-year-old has decided against travelling from Australia to London following the lockdown in the place due to the new variant of Covid-19 with new arrivals in the country needing to quarantine for 10 days.
A statement released by the Rugby Football Union confirmed Ryles' unavailability for the tournament but is expecting him to join the backroom staff for the summer series.
“Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, coach Jason Ryles and his family have chosen not to relocate to England this month as they had originally planned,” a Rugby Football Union statement read.
England coach Eddie Jones is set to name his squad for the Six Nations on Friday with their first game scheduled on 6th February against Scotland.