At least five England stars could be forced to miss the 2022 summer tour o Australia, after they reportedly refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The Rugby Football Union has confirmed that players and staff are now above the 85% required vaccination target.
However, in order to reduce the chance of any Covid-19 outbreaks, Wallabies officials are planning to enforce a rule banning any unvaccinated players from competing in their country.
And that could spell serious trouble for England head coach Eddie Jones, who could lose at least five players that are all refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccination, according to reports.
One of the players thought to have rejected the vaccine is Henry Slade following his comments earlier this year.
“I have had vaccines in the past and have fallen pretty unwell with them afterwards,” said the England centre.
“I don’t know if that has anything to do with the diabetes or not.
“I am going to stay away from this one.
“I just think there hasn’t been anywhere near enough testing to deem it safe.”
Diabetes UK “strongly encourages” anyone with the condition to get vaccinated.
“People with diabetes are vulnerable to developing a severe illness if they do get coronavirus, and vaccines are the most effective way to prevent that from happening,” its website states.
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5 disgruntled England stars linked with move overseas
Let’s take a look at five players who’ve been linked with moved away.
#1. Billy & Mako Vunipola
The Saracens and England forwards have on more than one previous occasion dismissed similar suggestions – but nonetheless the rumours persist.
French sports newspaper Midi Olympique wrote: “Two of the best-known internationals still playing could be making an imminent departure to France.Embed from Getty Images
“Mako and Billy Vunipola are coming to the end of their contracts with Saracens and are ignored by Eddie Jones.
“Their CVs have recently been submitted to Top 14 clubs and some contacts may already have been made.
“The name Vunipola comes up repeatedly at Bordeaux Bègles. Billy Vunipola matches the profile sought to succeed Louis Picamoles and become the new spearhead of the Girondin (an area around Bordeaux) pack.”