The French National rugby team have announced that they have suspended training. Another positive Covid-19 case was found in the camp yesterday evening, which led to the shutdown.
According to reports, 13 cases have been found in the French squad in the past week. The news comes as France make preparations for their Six Nation's clash with Scotland on Sunday.
Yesterday, the Six Nations announced the game would go ahead after a two day deliberation. 10 Les Bleus players have been reported as Covid-19 positive in total.
Following the latest testing, the team have been forced into self-isolation again. Further tests will be carried out by the French Rugby Federation this afternoon. It's understood they are working closely with Six Nations brass to determine the outcome of Sunday's game.
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Suite aux tests RT-PCR effectués ce mercredi 24 février et l’apparition d’un cas positif au sein de l’effectif des joueurs, le Comité Médical de la FFR s’est réuni ce matin et a décidé la suspension des entraînements ce jour.
— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) February 25, 2021
A statement by the French Rugby Federation says:
"Following the RT-PCR tests carried out this Wednesday, 24 February in the evening and the appearance of a positive case within the squad of players, the FFR medical committee met this morning and decided to suspend training today."
IF the France v Scotland game doesn’t go ahead there should be a proper investigation into the coronavirus outbreak in the French camp. If they’ve been unlucky then the game needs to be rescheduled. If someone’s broken the bubble Scotland should be awarded the win.
— Scottish Rugby Podcast (@ScotRugbyPod) February 25, 2021
Earlier this week, French Minster for Sport Roxana Maracineanu met with the French Rugby Federation, and asked for an investigation to be carried out.
The team resumed full contact training on Wednesday after previous outbreaks. It has been reported that at least one player is part of the latest round of positive tests.
France Head Coach Fabien Galthie was among the list of infections in tests carried out last week.
The news will add some further headaches to France's pursuit of a Grand Slam. France have had a perfect start to the Six Nations so far, beating Italy and Ireland in their opening two games.