England’s Vunipola in self-isolation for coronavirus


England prop Mako Vunipola is in self-isolation as a precaution against the coronavirus and has been ruled out to face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday, England Rugby said on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old missed England’s 24-12 victory over Ireland on Feb. 23 after going to Tonga for family reasons and he travelled back via Hong Kong, which has been hit by the coronavirus.

Sources close to the prop told ESPN that the self-isolation is voluntary and that Vunipola has shown no signs or symptoms of coronavirus.

Vunipola previously missed England’s shock opening defeat by France last month.

“Mako is not with us now. He has got a medical issue so he won’t be available for the weekend. It is just something medical, so he is out for the weekend,” Proudfoot told reporters. “We will take it week by week.”

England are second in the standings with nine points — four behind leaders France — while Wales are fourth with six points.

Information from ESPN’s Tom Hamilton contributed to this report.

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