New coronavirus tests erase rugby camp in France after epidemic

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PARIS – All French players and staff have tested negative for the coronavirus in a new round of tests ahead of a decision on Wednesday on whether their rugby match against Scotland in the Six Nations can go like expected this weekend.

The French Rugby Federation said on Tuesday that the new tests had been carried out on Monday evening, after a series of positive coronaviruses in the France camp. This time all the players and the staff were successful.

Previously, 10 players and three staff members had tested positive during the epidemic that hit the France team. The most recent were captain Charles Ollivon, forwards Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka and Romain Taofifenua, and full-back Brice Dulin.

The Six Nations testing watch group is due to meet again on Wednesday to decide whether France vs Scotland can go ahead in Paris on Sunday. Otherwise, it will probably be postponed for a week.

Scotland warned on Monday that a delay could affect the availability of their own players.

“Any postponement will have an impact on the players’ release agreement in place with the clubs, which could see more than 10 Scottish players unavailable for selection if the match is reorganized,” the Scottish Rugby Union posted on Twitter.

“We will work closely with our Six Nations counterparts to make the case that this week’s game takes place, if it is medically safe to do so.

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