France v Scotland postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak

Questions now faced over future of tournament with no date set for rescheduled tie

France are due to play Scotland in the Six Nations on Sunday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

France are due to play Scotland in the Six Nations on Sunday. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

 

The Six Nations has been plunged into disarray after France’s match against Scotland was postponed following another positive Covid-19 test in Les Bleus’ camp on Thursday.

No date has been set for the fixture to be rescheduled and it is understood using next week’s fallow weekend is considered risky given ongoing concerns over the outbreak within the France squad.

Six Nations officials had given the match a cautious green light on Wednesday after a second consecutive day without any positive tests but they were compelled to act when the entire France squad was put into isolation after a player - reported to be Uini Atonio - tested positive. In total 12 players have now tested positive as well as four coaches since the initial outbreak emerged at the start of last week.

A hastily arranged meeting by the Six Nations’ testing oversight group on Thursday morning ultimately decided that it was no longer safe for Sunday’s match to go ahead. “The Six Nations testing oversight group (TOG) met today to review the situation in the French camp,” read a Six Nations 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.”

While the initial outbreak in the France squad took place in the first fallow week, the Six Nations’ worst fears have now been realised with the need to postpone the match. There is space in the schedule to move the match back by a weekend to the second fallow week but that is fraught with difficulty because Scotland have said they could be without more than 10 players who play in either the English Premiership or France’s Top 14.

It is understood however, that the Six Nations have concerns that delaying by a week comes with no guarantees that France would have contained the outbreak by then. That could leave organisers scrambling to find a suitable date after the competition is due to finish, thereby almost certainly ending hopes of a grandstand finish on the final weekend. As and when the Six Nations find a suitable date, player release will still be a sizeable hurdle to overcome. – Guardian

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.