Six Nations women: France against Ireland went to Dublin after fears of isolation

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Ireland were due to travel to France for the final match of the Women’s Six Nations on November 1

The final Irish Six Nations women’s match will be played in Dublin after France agreed to change matches due to Covid-19 restrictions.

As amateurs, many Irish players are expected to self-isolate for 14 days after the scheduled match in Paris.

The IRFU says this was not possible because the players have “responsibilities to their families and employers” but have had their exemption requests rejected.

The game will now take place in Donnybrook on November 1.

The French women’s team can travel to and from Ireland without restriction as the French government is not required to isolate itself upon its return to the country.

Getting to Paris is no problem for the men’s team who, as professionals, remain in a strict high performance bubble upon their return from away matches.

The IRFU spoke with Sport Ireland and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media to explore if a deviation from the guidelines was possible, as players operate in a ‘bubble’ highly controlled high performance.

However, it was confirmed that such a waiver of the guidelines could not be granted and the IRFU “fully accepts this decision”.

“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 General Manager 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.

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