All three tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days, Antoine Dupont, Gabin Villière and Mohamed Haouas do not appear in the group of 31 players of the XV of France summoned to prepare for the match against Scotland next Sunday. The three men are forfeited. Arthur Vincent and Julien Marchand, also tested positive, could also be absent.
Dupont, Villière and Haouas will miss Scotland. It was in the air, it’s now official. Antoine Dupont, Gabin Villière and Mohamed Haouas, package, will miss the next meeting of the XV of France, next Sunday (4:00 p.m.) at the Stade de France against Scotland, the only team to have beaten the Blues in the last edition of the Tournament. All three tested positive for Covid-19 during the week and placed in solitary confinement, the scrum half and new conductor of the France team, the very promising Toulon winger, also author of an excellent start to Tournament and the solid pillar of Montpellier just as precious for Fabien Galthié and the Blues do not appear in the list of 31 names that the French coach unveiled at lunchtime in view of this third outing, in a week against the Scots.
They might not, however, be the only players to have to give up this first home game since the start of the competition. Two of Dupont’s teammates, Haouas and Villière, Arthur Vincent and Julien Marchand have indeed tested positive in turn. and placed in solitary confinement. The center of Montpellier, very good against Italy and Ireland, and the Toulouse hooker could also be absent against Scotland.
And the list could get even bigger, as other tests are scheduled for the arrival of the 31 selected players, this Sunday in Marcoussis, a traditional gathering place for the Blues. These tests could therefore lead to other packages. In the week already, a strong wind of contamination had blown on the XV of France, with no less than seven cases noted, including four within the staff. Fabien Galthié in person had not escaped this epidemic which could be very expensive against the Scots.