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PremierLeague-News.Com - France have had 10 players and head coach Fabien Galthie test positive but they are adamant they can fulfil their fixtures
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Six Nations title favourites France’s third-round match at home to Scotland this Sunday is in danger of being postponed if the competition’s medical committee deems it unsafe to play.The Six Nations’ testing oversight group (TOG), comprising doctors from each union, will meet on Wednesday evening to review developments with the “number one priority” of “ensuring the health and safety of all players and staff”.Scotland’s squad are due to travel to Paris on Friday, but they will not be submitted to any potentially dangerous environment.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. Read More Eddie Jones is questioning England’s ‘arousal levels’ and the Six Nations statistics show he is right France have had 10 players, including captain Charles Ollivon and star scrum-half Antoine Dupont, ruled out of facing the Scots after testing positive for Covid-19 since the second of their two wins out of two in this season’s competition, away to Ireland in Dublin on 14 February. The French are chasing a first Championship and Grand Slam since 2010, and as of Monday, they were adamant they would fulfil the fixture, but they have been updating their plans almost on a daily basis since a positive test for their head coach Fabien Galthie was announced last Tuesday.Galthie is due to be released from isolation on Tuesday, subject to continuing to test negative. Two of his assistants, the forwards coaches William Servat and Karim Ghezal, remain unable to join the squad, while the players who are out of the Scotland match due to isolating include Ollivon, Dupont and six other starters from Dublin: full-back Brice Dulin, wing Gabin Villiere, centre Arthur Vincent, props Cyril Baille and Mohamed Haouas and hooker Julien Marchand.France have named a fresh squad of 31 players for a second time, and it contained five men who have yet to play an international match, and another 15 with fewer than 10 caps each. These 31 are being tested on a daily basis.Ben Morel, chief executive of the Six Nations, said before the start of the Championship that matches would be postponed rather than cancelled with points forfeited, partly because the competition has the leeway of not building towards a final.A Six Nations statement on Monday said that “should the decision be that the fixture cannot go ahead, the match will be rescheduled for the earliest possible date” – but Scotland rejected a delay of a week to the fallow weekend of 6 March, due to the sensitive player-release agreement with clubs in other countries. That means some of their players based at clubs in other countries may not be available. “Our players, coaches and fans hope the game can go ahead as planned,” Scottish Rugby said.
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.”Any dates immediately after the Six Nations’ scheduled finish on 20 March would be subject to negotiation between unions and clubs. The fresh announcement of the possible return of crowds to sports fixtures, post-lockdown, means it might make financial sense to wait. Last year’s Six Nations was paused in March and completed in October.Serge Simon, vice-chairman of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), told Midi-Olympique the “patient zero” was a conditioning coach but they do not know where his infection originated. Last Saturday the FFR felt obliged to make a long explanation of why they reduced the national squad to 31 (England have been operating with 28; others with more than the French) but then invited France’s sevens team to make up the training numbers.“There are so many hypotheses,” Simon said. “The over-contagiousness of the British variant is such that we cannot know. We could meet it at the airport, at the hotel, elsewhere … The delegation of the XV of France is not just 31 players, but 70 people overall. Zero risk does not exist.”Ireland’s assistant coach Mike Catt told a media conference their squad is “Covid free” after four rounds of negative tests since the France match.And i understands no Ireland players or coaches were captured by contact tracing, unlike scenarios in English Premiership matches last year when teams stood down players due to contact with opponents who had tested positive.France are due to complete the Six Nations away to England on 13 March and at home to Wales a week later.Take part in i‘s fantasy Six Nations readers league by clicking here, or joining mini-league number 3860 and if you would like to talk all things rugby union with fellow fans and i staff, you can join our rugby forum on FacebookMore on rugby unioni’s guide to Six Nations 2021 – fixtures, how to watch and big championship previewLions tour bolters: 8 players hoping to impress Gatland at the Six Nationsi’s guide to Six Nations fantasy rugby – including how to pick the best teamNigel Owens: ‘Farrell used to bellow at referees but he’s learned to respect us’How the Lions could line up for first Test on 2021 tour to South Africa
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