FIVE more French players have tested positive for Covid, taking the total number of reported diagnoses in the playing squad to 10 and throwing into further doubt the prospect of Sunday’s Six Nations clash against Scotland in Paris going ahead as scheduled.
Loose-head prop Cyril Baille, hooker Peato Mauvaka, second-row Romain Taofifenua, flanker and captain Charles Ollivon and full-back Brice Dulin have joined scrum-half Antoine Dupont, tight-head prop Mohamed Haouas, winger Gabin Villière, centre Arthur Vincent and hooker Julien Marchand in testing positive.
Four members of the management team, including head coach Fabien Galthié and assistant coaches William Servat and Karim Ghezal, are also in isolation at the moment, having tested positive since the start of last week.
Furthermore, a statement from Fédération Française de Rugby [FFR] this morning revealed that two more members of the management team are “considered to be a suspicious case”.
Plus, prop Jean-Baptiste Gros and second-row Swan Rebbadj have been identified as ‘case-contact’ within their club and were left out of the revised training squad which was announced yesterday.
Five players – Gaëtan Barlot, Thierry Paiva, Cyril Cazeaux, Baptiste Pesenti and Thomas Ramos – have been called into the French squad as cover, but the group will not train together until Wednesday, subject to the results of tests carried out every 24 hours.