Six Nations: France wants England and Ireland to provide security guarantees | Rugby news


France seeks assurance from England and Ireland that their Six Nations matches can be played safely despite the coronavirus pandemic; France are to face Ireland in Dublin on February 14 and England in Twickenham on March 13; Government approves opening match in Italy

Last updated: 12/01/21 7:09 pm

France set to face England at Twickenham on March 13

The French government requires assurances on the security of England and Ireland before allowing its national part to visit these countries during the Six Nations.

Only the opening match of the Championship against Italy in Rome on February 6 was approved by Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu.

French authorities are concerned about the skyrocketing number of Covid-19 cases in the UK and Ireland and have already banned their clubs from participating in European competition this month.

The Six Nations held talks in Paris on Tuesday and discussions will continue as organizers try to convince the government that sufficient coronavirus protocols are in place.

It is highly unlikely that the tournament will take place without France, who face Ireland at Aviva Stadium on February 14 and England at Twickenham on March 13.

“We keep the first game,” said Maracineanu. “On the other hand, against Ireland and England, we absolutely need the necessary guarantees from these countries.

“There must be proof that other nations’ antivirus frameworks meet the same precautionary requirements. We expect the same from other teams. ”

The Six Nations and Under-20 women’s competitions, which traditionally take place in tandem with the men’s, are expected to be postponed to April and May with official confirmation of their delay scheduled for Wednesday.


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