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Italy's Varney is in isolation

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Gloucester's Stephen Varney

Gloucester's Stephen Varney

Gloucester's Stephen Varney

Italy's preparation for next week's rescheduled Six Nations game against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium has been hit as one of their players has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Gloucester's Stephen Varney is isolating away from his squad-mates in Rome as a result of his positive test.

According to the Italian federation, the Welsh-born scrum-half tested negative with his club before leaving England for Italy. He is asymptomatic.

Ireland, meanwhile, are awaiting the results of tests carried out yesterday before they link up at their Kildare base tomorrow ahead of their upcoming matches against Italy and France.