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Johnson-Holmes, May suffer setbacks as Wallabies and England prepare for first Test

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie spoke to media from the Sunshine Coast.

England have suffered a blow early on in their tour of Australia with Jonny May testing positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Wallabies have their own injury dramas with prop Harry Johnson-Holmes likely out for the rest of the year with an achilles injury.

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The try-scoring wing's case was confirmed Friday by the Rugby Football Union after he became symptomatic upon arriving in Perth and under Western Australia government guidelines he must spend the next seven days in self-isolation.

“We’re not going to rule Jonny May out at this stage. We’ll just see how he is,” coach Eddie Jones said.

“Potentially he’ll be available next Thursday to train, so we’ll have a look to see what he’s like because he’s experienced and he’s showed in his first game back against the Barbarians that he’s lacking game time and that he’s got his best rugby ahead of him.

“We’ll just monitor his situation and make an assessment closer to the day when he gets out.”

No other members of the touring squad have been involved, with May racing the clock to feature in the first of a three-Test series against the Wallabies on July 2.

As for Johnson-Holmes, the Wallabies confirmed he had a suffered a 'serious achilles injury' late Friday, with new Rebels recruit Sam Talakai called into the squad.

Ned Hanigan has also been added, with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting Waratahs teammate Jed Holloway is in doubt for the opener with a calf complaint.

"Unfortunately, Harry Johnson-Holmes has suffered a long-term achilles injury at training this week," the Wallabies said via social media. "Ned Hanigan and Sam Talakai have been brought into the squad as injury cover."

It's heartbreaking news for Johnson-Holmes, who found himself on selector's radars after a strong Super Rugby season.

He had only just returned from a knee injury at the start of the month, telling Rugby.com.au in May he thought he'd done his ACL during their win over the Crusaders.

“I thought I’d completely done an absolute number on my knee so I thought I might not be playing footy for the next 12 months. I was just keen on getting back up and playing a little bit more footy with the guys plus the game was very so I was keen on trying to help out," he said.

“That’s the main reason I got back up because I thought I’d done my ACL and wanted to play a bit more before that but it’s great news and once I realised I wasn’t able to run that fast, I thought I’d get off and get Archer Holz on who was going to do a much better job than I would.”

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