Owen Farrell misses out vs Tonga after England skipper’s positive Covid Test

England have confirmed that Owen Farrell will sit out against Tonga in their first Autumn Test following his positive Covid test on the eve of the contest.

There was much talk about the No. 10 jersey heading into the Tonga fixture, with Farrell coming under pressure from Harlequins' young star Marcus Smith.

However, Smith himself was an injury doubt coming into the fixture, and it is George Furbank who will fill in at fly-half at Twickenham with the Harlequins star on the bench.

In Farrell's place, Courtney Lawes, who is making his 88th cap, will captain the side against Tonga.

"As Owen is unavailable to us, we’ve made these changes to the team to face Tonga today," said Jones ahead of kick-off.

"It’s a great chance for the team to see how we adapt to challenges and keep focused on preparing for a big game. We can’t wait to play in front of a full crowd at Twickenham."

The news of Farrell's absence is a huge blow, with the Saracens fly-half hoping to have lined up for his 100th international cap, 94th for England, on Saturday.

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