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Men's Rugby Union Five more French players test positive for Covid-19

CAPTAIN Charles Ollivon is among an additional five French players who will miss the Six Nations match against Scotland on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) also confirmed yesterday that two members of the management team are suspected cases ahead of the game in Paris.

Head coach Fabien Galthie and star scrum-half Antoine Dupont were already among those in isolation due to the coronavirus outbreak in the France camp.

A FFR statement yesterday said: “Following RT-PCR tests carried out on Sunday February 21, five new players tested positive for Covid-19, leading to the selection of five new players to prepare for the match against Scotland.”

Gaetan Balot, Thierry Paiva, Cyril Cazeaux, Baptiste Pesenti and Thomas Ramos were the players called into the new-look 31-man squad.

They replace Ollivon, Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Romain Taofifenua and Brice Dulin after they tested positive for the virus.

“Two members of the management are considered to be a suspicious case,” the statement added. “With a view to isolation, the return home of the players and members of the management concerned is underway.”

It said that the return to collective training is set for tomorrow, subject to the results of tests carried out every 24 hours.

The FFR revealed on Sunday that centre Arthur Vincent and hooker Julien Marchand had tested positive for coronavirus, joining Dupont, Gabin Villiere and Mohamed Haouas in isolation.

Galthie and his assistant William Servat tested positive earlier this week and have been isolating.

France are top of the table after two rounds of fixtures, having opened their campaign with wins against Italy and Ireland.

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