France now without 10 players for Scotland as more positive tests confirmed
The French Rugby Federation has also confirmed that two members of the management team are suspected cases ahead of the Paris game on Sunday.
Head coach Fabien Galthie and star scrum-half Antoine Dupont were already among those in isolation following the coronavirus outbreak in the France camp.
A FFR statement 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.
“Cyril Baille (25 selections, Stade Toulousain), Peato Mauvaka (6 selections, Stade Toulousain), Romain Taofifenua (22 selections, RC Toulon), Charles Ollivon (20 selections, RC Toulon) and Brice Dulin (33 caps, Stade Rochelais) have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Two members of the management are considered to be a suspicious case. With a view to isolation, the return home of the players and members of the management concerned is underway.
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— France Rugby (@FranceRugby) February 22, 2021
“The return to collective training is set for Wednesday February 24, subject to the results of tests carried out every 24 hours.”
Galthie and his assistant William Servat tested positive earlier this week and have been isolating.
France are top of the championship after two rounds of fixtures, having opened their campaign with wins against Italy and Ireland.
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