Scotland wants to move forward with France


EDINBURGH: Scotland international Richie Gray has said he and his teammates are keen to compete in Sunday’s Six Nations Cup clash against France, which is at risk of being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ten French players, as well as several members of the staff, including coach Fabien Galthie, returned positive COVID-19 tests last week, putting the international at risk.

The players who tested positive have all been replaced in the 31-man squad for the clash at the Stade de France and the French Rugby Federation said on Tuesday that there had been no further positive diagnosis of COVID- 19 among the game team or backstage staff, but a final decision on the game will be made on Wednesday.

“We want the game to continue. Obviously he has to be sure to do it, but I’m sure everyone involved will ensure it’s a safe environment, ”said the 31-year-old former British lock keeper and Lions.

“There were drips and dulls of news on the game, but we were very focused on the job at hand. We haven’t talked about it during training or team meetings. It was business as usual.

“The goal is for the game to unfold and we prepare as such.”

If that happens, Gray warned the challenge of beating France would remain just as tough, even if the hosts were missing key players.

“French rugby has an insane depth. A good example of this is the match against England in the Fall Nations Cup where their side were dubbed a third team but went to Twickenham and almost scored a victory. They can call on a lot of players, there is a lot of talent and every time you play against France in France it will be a really tough challenge, ”he added.

Six Nations officials said over the weekend that they were confident the match in Paris would go ahead. But organizers said on Monday their testing watch group had looked into the situation and would meet again on Wednesday.

France lead the standings with two wins in two matches, ahead of Wales on points difference, as they seek to claim the Six Nations title for the first time since 2010.

Scotland upset England in their opener but then lost to Wales in their second game.

(Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)


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