FRANCE have suspended training and the squad has returned into isolation following another positive Covid result from the round of testing which took place on Wednesday night, throwing into fresh doubt the prospect of Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Scotland in Paris going ahead as planned.
This most recent positive test takes the total number of players to have contracted virus to 11, plus Baptiste Pesenti who tested positive with his club before he joined the squad, after being called up as emergency cover on Sunday night. Four members of the backroom team have also tested positive.
The Six Nations Test Oversight Group gave Sunday’s match the go-ahead yesterday [Wednesday] lunchtime following two days of negative test results, but stated that they would continue to monitor the situation, with the French squad to be tested every 24 hour until match-day.
A statement issued by Fédération Française de Rugby [FFR] said:
Following the RT-PCR tests carried out this Wednesday, February 24 in the evening and the appearance of a positive case within the squad of players, the FFR Medical Committee met this morning and decided to suspend training. this day.
The entire group is in isolation in accordance with health protocol. The FFR is in close contact with the 6 Nations Committee.