ENGLAND’S rugby team have been forced to flee the hotel they were staying at in Brighton after a fire broke out nearby.
An electrical fire started in a manhole outside the Harbour hotel, with the rugby union being evacuated to another one.
Footage from onlookers shows flames shooting up from the pavement and on to the road, the Telegraph reported.
A nightclub was also closed as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service erected a cordon around the fire.
The England squad are understood to have “taken the evacuation in their stride,” although it marks another unfortunate episode in the build-up to the Six Nations.
Last week Jones lost his captain Owen Farrell to a “freak” ankle injury while wing Jonny May has been ruled out with a knee injury and Joe Marler has been sent home after contracting Covid-19.
Courtney Lawes, who was pencilled in to replace Farrell as captain, meanwhile is unable to train this week as he undergoes the return to play protocols from a concussion.
しかしながら, Jones has often preached the need to be “comfortable being uncomfortable” and may have found it a useful exercise in team-building despite the inconvenience.
Joe Marler, the England and Harlequins prop, has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time in three months.
Marler has withdrawn from the England squad for this week’s training camp in Brighton. After returning a positive lateral flow test on Tuesday morning, he immediately went into isolation. A subsequent PCR test taken that morning confirmed the result.
All of the other England players and staff have undergone daily lateral flow testing – all of which returned negative results.
England will not call up a replacement, with the remainder of the squad training in Brighton until Friday ahead of next weekend’s Six Nations opener against Scotland.