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Coronavirus-hit France get Six Nations go ahead

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24th February, 2021
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Scotland’s Six Nations clash with France will take place as planned in Paris this weekend after the Stade de France showdown had been thrown into major doubt by a COVID-19 outbreak in Les Bleus squad.

After a fresh round of negative test results, France have now been given the go ahead to host Gregor Townsend’s squad, the tournament organisers announced on Wednesday.

The news will come as a relief to the Scottish Rugby Union, who feared they would be forced to do without 10 of Townsend’s top stars if the game was postponed until next week.

France’s outbreak has forced a number of their top stars into quarantine, including star halfback and 2020 player of the championship Antoine Dupont and captain Charles Ollivon.

But the French Rugby Federation confirmed the latest round of tests has returned no further positive cases.

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