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, 电讯报报道.
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.
然而, 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Marler has withdrawn from the England squad for this week’s training camp in Brighton.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.