While the XV of France is hard hit by the coronavirus, the cancellation of the match against Scotland is not on the agenda even if a postponement could be considered if the situation worsens.
Will the XV of France be able to continue its good series? While the coronavirus has settled in the group, with four members of the staff including Fabien Galthié and no less than five players including Antoine Dupont affected, the holding of the match against Scotland next Sunday at the Stade de France could be rescheduled. cause.
Indeed, the French selection could suffer the same fate as Fiji last fall, whose participation in the Autumn Nations Cup was summed up in the match for 7th place against Georgia due to a wide spread of virus without its ranks.
But, according to information from RMC Sport, the 6 Nations Committee does not intend to cancel a meeting altogether if one of the two teams is unable to field a competitive team due to the coronavirus, automatically granting its opponent a bonus victory by the score of 28-0.
The postponement could be considered in the worst case
While the 2020 edition of the 6 Nations Tournament ended in the fall, the organizers of the event assure that such a scenario can happen again this year. “Our preference will always be to finish the Tournament, assured RMC Sport a person with knowledge of the file. If ever there was a huge problem and France could not field a team, our preference would be to postpone the game rather than cancel it. “
A difference from the Autumn Nations Cup that this source justifies by the scheduling of a date fixed in advance of a final, a scenario that does not exist in the 6 Nations formula. In addition, with the protocols currently in place, Fabien Galthié can strengthen his group of 31 players in the event of unavailability.
What the head coach of the XV of France did this Sunday with the summons of Teddy Baubigny, Demba Bamba, Maxime Lucu, Donovan Taofifenua, Yoram Moefana and Jonathan Danty to compensate for the many absences for the match against Scotland. A meeting which should therefore take place on the date and at the time fixed for several months.