THIS year’s Six Nations faces the threat of being plunged into even deeper crisis after the French Sports Minister indicated that she may intervene to stop the French team taking part in the remainder of the tournament if a proper investigation into the Covid outbreak within the squad is not carried out.
Roxana Maracineanu has made it clear that she is unimpressed by the response of French Rugby Federation (FFR) to the situation which caused this weekend’s Six Nations round three clash to be postponed, while FFR president Bernard Laporte has said that “to my knowledge, nobody’s at fault”.
Maracineanu told L’Equipe TV: “We asked an investigation from the FFR and from (president) Bernard Laporte, who himself came to see us before the tournament to present us the protocol and tell us that everything was going to go well, that the bubble was going to be strictly respected with controlled entries and exits.
“Now that we can see that this is not the case, I am waiting for him to come and explain to us what has happened.
“If nothing happens, if we don’t look into this chain of contaminations and they don’t explain to us how it could happen, then the authorisation that has been given (to play in the Six Nations) can be withdrawn.”
France banned travel from and to non-European Union countries last month, but the sports ministry gave the rugby team a special authorisation to take part in the Six Nations.