France Six Nations squad in isolation after positive coronavirus test ahead of Scotland clash next week

SIX NATIONS title-chasers France have gone into isolation after a positive Covid test.

Boss Fabian Galthie has been described as having a 'suspicious and unproven case' and is being retested.

The one confirmed positive test is from a member of the backroom team.

All players have tested negative and the Championship table-toppers, who face Scotland next week, are set to name their 31-man squad for that game on Wednesday.

The whole of the France squad will also be retested tomorrow.

A statement from France Rugby read: "Following the PCR tests carried out last night (Monday) in Marcoussis with the XV of France, all the players tested negative, a member of the technical staff tested positive, as well as a suspicious and unproven case concerning Fabien Galthie who will be tested again this morning.

"In accordance with health protocols, all members of the team and management were isolated this morning. Interactions are kept to a minimum.

"An additional test will be carried out at the National Rugby Centre on Wednesday morning for the entire selection.

"Tests will be carried out at home on Friday, as well as on Sunday evening upon regathering at the National Rugby Centre.

"The announcement of the 31 players for the Scotland match will take place on Wednesday evening, February 17."

France have impressed in their opening two Six Nations matches, where they first smashed Italy 50-10 in Rome as they ran in seven tries.

And they edged out Ireland 15-13 at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday in what was their first win in Dublin for a decade.

Following the news of the positive coronavirus test from a France squad member, Ireland immediately tweeted they have no confirmed Covid cases.

They said: "All members of the Ireland squad and backroom team undertook routine PCR testing on Monday producing no positive results.

"The group will undergo further routine testing again this week as per our protocols."

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