Final round match transferred from Lille due to quarantine rules
The match was to take place at The Lille Métropole stadium on Sunday November 1 will now be played in Dublin after the France team agreed to travel to Ireland.
Had the match taken place in France, the Irish players would have had to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return, which posed problems due to their work and family obligations.
Irish government guidelines mean that elite and high performance teams returning to Ireland from a country that is not on the Green List must restrict their movements for two weeks, outside of sporting activities like training and the competition.
It’s good for the professional male players, who will face France in Paris next Saturday night, but it is causing difficulties for the amateur women’s team, especially since many players work in education and medicine.
As the French women’s team can travel to and from Ireland without having to isolate themselves on their return, they have agreed to play their last Six Nations match in Dublin.
Philip Browne, Director General of IRFU, said: “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. To experience such a generous spirit is uplifting and goes to the very heart of what the sport of rugby and Six Nations is all about.
“Over the past few weeks we have been in regular contact with Sport Ireland and the Group of experts on the return to sport regarding a possible departure for the national women’s team from the established guidelines. With Ireland entering a level five lockdown, we fully accepted the decision not to waive travel restrictions for elite amateur athletes.
“We are now looking forward to hosting the French Women’s XV and the match here in Dublin, and both teams can get back to focusing on rugby.”
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