Six Nations have postponed the upcoming Round 3 match between France and Scotland, after another player tested positive for Covid‑19 in the French camp this morning.
The whole French team is now isolating and the new date is yet to be decided.
The decision has been taken on the unanimous advice of the Six Nations Testing Oversight Group.
A Six Nations Rugby official statement said: “The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) met today to review the situation in the French Camp.
“They unanimously recommended the postponement of the France v Scotland match. This will be ratified later today by the Six Nations Council.
“We will be working on the rescheduling of this fixture and will communicate the date in due course.”
The decision comes after a week of dismay, as the French camp had to suspend training due to five players and three staff members testing positive on Thursday last week.
Earlier on Monday, five additional players had also tested positive.
The game was given a green light yesterday, after two consecutive days of negative tests from the French squat.
The nearest possible date for the postponed match would be the following weekend, which is a rest week for the tournament and is also outside of World Rugby’s designated international window.
The Scottish squad have said that they might lose more than 10 players who either play in English Premiership or France’s Top 14, if the game takes place next weekend instead.
Even if Six Nations decide to postpone the game by a week, there is no guarantee that the Covid‑19 situation among the French squad would be contained by then.
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