France agrees to play the match of the 6 women’s nations in Ireland


France agreed to play next weekend’s Women’s Six Nations game against Ireland in Dublin after Covid-19 regulations threatened the game.The game was initially scheduled for the Stadium Lille Métropole next Saturday.

However, under current Irish government guidelines, the team, who are all amateurs, should have self-isolated for 14 days upon their return from France.

Naturally, that would have been difficult for a number of players who, unlike the men’s team, are not on the list of exempt elite and top athletes.

The Women’s XV de France can travel to and from Ireland without restriction because the French government is not obliged to isolate itself on its return to its country.

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The IRFU had discussed the implications of the travel guide with Sport Ireland and the Sports Department to explore whether a deviation from the guidelines was possible, as players operate in a highly controlled high performance “bubble”.

It was confirmed this week that such a waiver of the guidelines could not be granted, a decision fully accepted by the union.

“We are extremely grateful to the French Federation and its women’s team for this superb act of solidarity with the Irish women’s team and the IRFU,” said CEO Philip Browne.

“To experience such a generosity of spirit is uplifting and goes to the very heart of the sport of rugby and Six Nations.

Ireland, currently third in the table, face Italy at Donnybrook tomorrow at 6.30pm.

France can still mathematically win the championship but would need Italy to beat England next weekend.

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