Jamie George left frustrated after Barbarians' Covid-19 protocols breach

Jamie George will make his 50th Test appearance for England against Italy
Jamie George will make his 50th Test appearance for England against Italy

England hooker Jamie George admitted that he felt frustrated after the Quilter Cup game against Barbarians was cancelled following a breach in Covid-19 protocols.

The game scheduled last weekend at Twickenham Stadium was forced to be called off after 13 Barbarians player left the team hotel without permission and thereby the bio-secure bubble was exposed leading other players to risk.

It also meant England will head into the crucial final round of Six Nations clash without match practice at the highest level since the sport was suspended since March following the pandemic coronavirus.

"My personal reaction was of huge frustration. I was gutted. It was another chance for us to play for England," said George.

"I've spoken to a couple of the guys at Saracens who were involved. It was mostly just checking in on them.

"I know they aren't bad people, they have made a pretty big mistake but at the same time they have held their hands up and appreciate they were wrong in what they did.

"They put their hands up and realised they messed up. They are very disappointed in themselves. They have obviously gone out and got things very wrong.

"We're privileged to be in a bubble where everything is very clear and laid out for us. We are very aware of our responsibilities.

"The disciplinary hearing's going to be happening next week and I think they will take full responsibility for their actions."

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