Six Nations: Five more France players test positive for coronavirus

Five France players have tested positive for coronavirus – taking the total to 10 – ahead of Sunday’s Six Nations clash with Scotland.

Captain Charles Ollivon, Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Romain Taofifenua and Brice Dulin all returned positive tests in the round of testing undertaken on Sunday.

All five have been sent home to self-isolate and France have called up five players to replace them for the next Six Nations game, against Scotland on Sunday.

Uncapped trio Gaëtan Barlot (Castres), Thierry Paiva and Cyril Cazeaux (both Bordeaux Bègles) join Baptiste Pesenti (Section Paloise) and Thomas Ramos (Stade Toulouse) in joining the squad on Monday.

Ollivon, Baille and Dulin started the 15-13 win over Ireland last weekend, while Mauvaka come on as a replacement in the 70th minute.

Antoine Dupont, Mohammed Haouas, Gabin Villiere tested positive on Friday with Julien Marchand and centre Arthur Vincentand returning positive tests on Saturday.

Three members of the coaching team – head coach Fabien Galthie, assistant coach William Servat and an unnamed third person – tested positive earlier in the week.

Les Bleus, who finished second behind England in last year’s Six Nations, are looking for a third straight win of this campaign when they host Scotland at Stade de France.

They opened with a resounding 50-10 win in Italy, with Dupont among the try scorers in Rome.

Scotland secured an impressive 11-6 win away to England and were then edged out 25-24 at home to Wales, despite leading 17-8 at the break.


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