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France v Scotland postponed after new COVID-19 case

France v Scotland postponed after new COVID-19 case

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - 2023 Rugby World Cup Draw - Palais Brongniart, Paris, France - December 14, 2020 Vice-Chairman of World Rugby Bernard Laporte during the draw REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

PARIS: France's Six Nations game against Scotland was postponed after another player tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number infected to 11, organisers said on Thursday.

"The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) met today to review the situation in the French Camp," the Six Nations said in a statement.

"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 French federation (FFR) had said earlier on Thursday that the entire French squad was in isolation and training had been suspended ahead of the game that was scheduled for Sunday.

France had resumed contact training on Wednesday but the FFR had said it would conduct daily COVID-19 testing until Sunday, and one player returned a positive test on Wednesday night.

Several members of staff, including head coach Fabien Galthie, also returned positive tests last week.

"It's always hard to know the origin (of the outbreak)," FFR president Bernard Laporte told France Info radio on Thursday, before the latest case was announced.

"I would like to know. Of course it is something that worries me. I would like to know if someone is at fault, or not. We are going to investigate this ourselves to see how we got there."

France lead the standings with two wins from two games, ahead of Wales on points difference, as they seek to lift the Six Nations title for the first time since 2010, the year of their last Grand Slam.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Alison Williams/Peter Rutherford/Timothy Heritage/Toby Davis)

Source: Reuters

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