Six Nations 2021: New date found for France vs Scotland following postponement due to Covid

Scotland are set to play their postponed Six Nations match against France on 26 March after the Gallagher Premiership clubs softened their stance over releasing players for the new date.

The PA news agency understands the Friday night window is the only potential new date currently being considered by tournament organisers with the fit thought to work for all concerned after Top 14 clubs struck an agreement with the French Rugby Federation over sanctioning the involvement of their players.

The English top flight have indicated during discussions that they are also willing to make their Scotland players available to Gregor Townsend even though the date falls outside of the international window.

The round three game was due to take place on Sunday but was postponed when a coronavirus outbreak swept through the French squad, affecting 12 front-line players including captain Charles Ollivon and reigning player of the Championship Antoine Dupont.

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It is understood that the Premiership clubs have softened their customary hard-line stance on player release outside international windows in recognition of the complications caused by the pandemic.

Given that the match could be a title decider and may even see unbeaten France crowned Grand Slam champions, it became imperative when finding a new date that both teams would have full player access.

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The development means that Scotland, who have 13 players based in England, would have access to the likes of Exeter’s Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray and Racing 92’s Finn Russell for the Paris showdown.

Six Nations officials are hoping to make an announcement over the next two days once arrangements with the Premiership have been finalised.

If that is achieved then the only remaining stumbling block would be the threat of the French government to withdrew Les Bleus in response to the coronavirus outbreak which is being investigated at the demand of sports minister Roxana Maracineanu.

Fabien Galthie tested positive for Covid-19

It has emerged that France head coach Fabien Galthie left the squad’s bubble on the opening weekend to watch his son play rugby in Paris.

And while the tournament favourites were in Rome for their 50-10 dismissal of Italy, it has come to light that a number of players went out to eat waffles.

France’s next game is against England at Twickenham on Saturday week before they host Wales on March 20.

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