Women’s 6N: Scotland v France postponed as home player has coronavirus

Men's international on Sunday still due to be played as scheduled

Women's 6N
The Women's Six Nations has been badly disrupted by the coronavirus and by adverse weather. Image: Fotosport/Andrew Cowie.

SCOTLAND’s Women’s Six Nations match against France, due to be played tomorrow (Saturday) night at Scotstoun, has been postponed after a member of the home squad tested positive for the coronavirus. The player, who has yet to be named, is “doing well” according to SRU doctor James Robson. Several other members of the playing and coaching staff have self-isolated.

“We are pleased that our player is doing well and that all the correct medical procedures have been followed and continue to be followed,” Doctor Robson said. “We are working with the Scottish Government in continuing to observe and follow NHS advice.”

The announcement of the postponement was made late tonight in a statement on the Scottish Rugby website, which read:

“Six Nations have postponed tomorrow’s (Saturday 7 March) Scotland v France Six Nations women’s match at Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow.

“This decision has been taken together with Scottish Rugby, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and Six Nations. The Six Nations CEO has been in constant contact with Scottish Rugby and is in full support of this decision. The Scottish Government has also been briefed.

“The Scotland women’s team returned from northern Italy on Sunday 23 February as their Italy v Scotland Six Nations match was postponed.

“This decision has been taken as a result of a Scottish player testing positive for coronavirus today.

“Seven members of management and players are self-isolating on medical advice. The player has been admitted to a health care facility as part of the protocol but is otherwise well.

“Scottish Rugby has taken advice from the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland and the Scottish Government but ultimately this decision to postpone rests with the rugby authorities.

“The U20’s international match tonight in Galashiels continues as normal and the men’s match at BT Murrayfield on Sunday also continues as scheduled.

“Scottish Rugby request that the privacy of the players and management are recognised in these circumstances.

“Scottish Rugby will discuss with Six Nations rescheduled dates for the matches. The tickets for the women’s Scotstoun match will remain valid. Scottish Rugby will provide a further update in due course. No further statement will be made tonight.”

It is the third time in four games in this Championship that a Scotland match has not gone ahead as scheduled. The home match against England had to be put back a day and moved to Murrayfield, where it was played behind closed doors, after extreme weather meant it could not be played at Scotstoun. The planned match against Italy a fortnight ago was then postponed by order of the Italian government after positive tests for the coronavirus in the north of the country.

Scotland lost 18-14 to Ireland in the opening game of the tournament, which did go ahead as planned at Donnybrook.

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