France topped Group B after claiming 28-0 victory over Fiji


France are now preparing to face Scotland next Sunday at Murrayfield in the Autumn Nations Cup as leaders in Group B after tournament organizers gave them a 28-0 victory in their canceled game against Fiji.The French were to welcome the Fijians to Vannes last Sunday but the match was canceled Friday following a Covid-19 epidemic in the ranks of the Islanders. Four players have tested positive, forcing the organizers to remove the plug in the first round.

Scotland had beaten Italy 28-17 on Saturday in Florence to take the lead, but they are now second as they prepare to host France in Edinburgh for the second time in 2020 – the victory of the Scotland last March ruined France’s candidacy for the Six Nations Grand Slam.

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A Nations Cup statement on the result of the France vs Fiji cancellation reads: “Following last week’s cancellation of the France vs Fiji match, the organizers of the Fall Nations Cup tournament confirmed their decision to award France a 28-0 bonus point win. .

“Although no fault has been attributed to Fiji Rugby, the competition rules provide that if a team is primarily responsible for a match that did not take place, a 28-0 victory will be awarded to the opposition who could have played the match.

“We wish the affected Fijian players good luck in their continued recovery and are working closely with the Fijian team to ensure they are able to field a competitive team against Italy. Further updates will follow once more rounds of testing are completed. ”

After all four players tested positive, the Fijians went to quarantine and were isolated in their individual rooms with further tests scheduled for Monday and Wednesday ahead of their game against Italy.

“None of the players who test positive show symptoms and all are healthy and doing well,” Fijian union boss John O’Connor reported over the weekend. “Morale at camp is high but there is frustration because the team had prepared well and were looking forward to the match, to launch their campaign.

“Everyone, however, understands that the life, safety and well-being of everyone involved is always first and foremost. With Covid-19, the new normal that the pandemic has imposed on us, life is full of uncertainties and challenges that we must face. “


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