The match between France and Scotland, scheduled for Sunday February 28, was officially maintained on Wednesday by the Organizing Committee of the Six Nations Tournament. But can it really take place? The question arises again because of the appearance of an additional case of Covid in the Blues.
The decision to maintain the match was taken after consideration of the ” latest test results [Covid] of the French team “, in which fifteen contaminations had been recorded in less than a week – including those of the coach, Fabien Galthié or of the captain and third row Charles Ollivon and the scrum half Antoine Dupont.
But if no new case of Covid-19 had been detected in the previous forty-eight hours in the French ranks (the PCR tests carried out Tuesday evening were negative), the new tests carried out Wednesday evening on the workforce of the Blues within the meaning large (players and staff) led to the identification of an additional case.
A player, whose identity has not been specified, has tested positive for Covid-19, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced on Thursday morning. “Following the RT-PCR tests carried out this Wednesday, February 24 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 ”, explained the FFR in a press release.
All the players approached for the France-Scotland match had resumed training on Wednesday. Which makes them so many contact cases.
“I would really like to know if someone has made a mistake or not”
Given this explosion in the number of cases within the French rugby team, the Minister for Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, on Wednesday evening asked the FFR to initiate an investigation into the implementation and compliance with the protocol. health which had been validated by the authorities ahead of the tournament. The results of this investigation must be submitted within eight days.
The Ministry of Solidarity and Health was also requested “In order to understand how the chain of contaminations was formed” within the French team and in the health bubble put in place.
Asked Thursday morning on Franceinfo – but before the announcement of a new case – Bernard Laporte, the president of the FFR, first said to himself “Relieved” by the decision to maintain the France-Scotland match. “When you like the competition and the Six Nations Tournament at that time, you are delighted that it can be played out, did he declare. I understand that the Scots also want to play. They have nothing to do with it, we don’t have much to do with it either. That’s how it is, you have to deal with it, you have to adapt. It will allow other players to express themselves ”.
As for the request for an internal investigation formulated by the government, and the possibility that the coach Fabien Galthié who was one of the first infected, may have violated the safety rules, Mr. Laporte stressed that he “Is always difficult to know the origin”. “I would really like to know if someone is at fault or not. (…) We will do it (the survey) ourselves. We want to know how we got there. There is a very strict protocol. When we see that the President of the Republic has been contaminated, while his protocol must be very strict, it shows how hard the protocol is to master. I believe more in this than anything else. “