Third member of France’s backroom team tests positive to Covid

An emergency round of Covid testing on Tuesday night returned negative results for all members of France's playing squad

France have had no positive Covid tests in their playing squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
France have had no positive Covid tests in their playing squad. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

ASSISTANT coach William Servat has become the third member of France’s backroom team, following head coach Fabien Galthié and another unnamed individual, to test positive to Covid.

The good news is that all playing members in the squad returned negative results from the round of testing which took on Tuesday night, and are now back home for a few days off where they have been instructed to remain in isolation.

They wil return to camp on Sunday to begin preparation for their Six Nations third round clash against Scotland in Paris on Sunday 28th February.


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A statement issued by Fédération Française de Rugby [FFR] this afternoon explained that:

Following additional PCR tests of the entire France group carried out on the evening of Tuesday February 16, all the players tested negative, which confirms the result of Monday February 15. They will be able to return to their homes today and are instructed to maintain their isolation.

A member of management, William Servat, has tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the number to three cases diagnosed positive for COVID-19 within the framework. No symptoms have been observed to date.

Additional PCR tests will be carried out at home on Friday February 19, as well as Sunday February 20 in the evening, as soon as the players and the staff arrive at the Marcoussis National Rugby Center.

Once the tests have been carried out, everyone will be placed in isolation pending the results.

Meanwhile, France’s men’s 7s squad has got into isolation for seven days following positive cases of COVID-19. This group had trained alongside the France XV squad last week, and although testing at the time returned all negative results, analysis is now underway to establish a possible link between the health situation of the two teams.


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