The French Rugby Federation (FFR) have confirmed that some of the players involved in their 32-26 loss to Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday have been detained for questioning, following what was initially reported as a brawl that occurred on Sunday night.
Reports began to surface this morning in the French media that the plane which the French team were due to fly home on had been grounded at Edinburgh airport and that Scottish police were looking to question several members of the squad.
?Info @leJDD La soirée du #XVdeFrance aurait dégénéré en bagarre hier à Edimbourg. Des joueurs français seraient légèrement blessés. La police écossaise aurait empêché l'avion des Bleus de décoller ce matin. Elle entendrait en ce moment l'un des Bleus ?
— Philippe Kallenbrunn (@Ph_Kallenbrunn) February 12, 2018
The FFR officially confirmed that via their twitter account at 11:45 this morning.
La FFR confirme que certains joueurs sont entendus par les autorités Écossaises. Nous sommes en attente de plus d'informations.
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) February 12, 2018
Per Rugbyrama, seven French players are being questioned by the Scottish police, with Louis Picamoles, Teddy Thomas, Arthur Itturia and Eddy Ben Arous among them.
The FFR is waiting for further information before making any additional comments, but it is hardly the preparation that Jacques Brunel will have wanted heading into their game with Italy, after losing their opening two fixtures of the tournament.