France’s virus-hit squad reports no new Covid cases

By AFP 9m in the past

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MARCOUSSIS, France – France’s coronavirus-hit Six Nations squad reported no new cases from the most recent batch of checks performed late Monday forward of this weekend’s conflict with Scotland, the French Rugby Federation introduced on Tuesday.

France are ready to listen to on Wednesday if the fixture will go forward after captain Charles Ollivon was amongst 5 gamers to be dominated out after testing constructive for Covid-19 earlier on Monday.

Ollivon was withdrawn from the squad together with Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Romain Taofifenua and Brice Dulin.

This quintet took the entire variety of constructive cases within the France camp to 14, together with coach Fabien Galthie and star scrum-half Antoine Dupont.

The virus has thrown France’s preparations for his or her third Six Nations outing on the Stade de France into disarray.

All the constructive cases have emerged since France returned from beating Ireland 15-13 in Dublin on February 14 to prime the championship desk and placing them in a powerful position to say their first title since 2010.

Against Scotland, ought to the match be given the all-clear, France can be lacking greater than half the gamers figuring within the wins in opposition to Ireland and their opening 50-10 rout of Italy.

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The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) says it can evaluation the state of affairs relating to Sunday’s recreation on Wednesday.

“A decision on whether the France v Scotland fixture can go ahead will be made at that stage,” stated the TOG in a press release Monday.

“Should the decision be that the fixture cannot go ahead, the match will be rescheduled for the earliest possible date.”

The French gamers remaining within the squad have been instructed to have no shut contact with collective coaching resuming on Wednesday, topic to outcomes of checks carried out each 24 hours.

Scottish Rugby stated that they had been eager for the match to go forward as any postponement might imply greater than 10 gamers being unavailable for a rearranged fixture on account of player-release agreements with golf equipment.

“We will be working closely with our Six Nations counterparts to press the case for this game to go ahead, should it be medically safe to do so,” the assertion learn.

Dupont examined constructive final week and had already been omitted from the 31-man squad for Sunday’s recreation in Paris.

The FFR additionally revealed that hooker Julien Marchand and centre Arthur Vincent had examined constructive on Saturday.

Marchand and Vincent had been additionally ignored as had been prop Mohamed Haouas and winger Gabin Villiere who examined constructive on Friday.


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