The match of the Autumn Nations Cup of rugby between France and Fiji, scheduled for Vannes, will not be played on Sunday after several positive cases of Covid-19 in the Fijian workforce, we learned on Friday from sources close to the Fijian team.
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According to the Six Nations Committee, the organizer of the competition, the medical commission competent for this meeting issued an unfavorable opinion on Friday morning. The Fijian selection recorded two positive cases for Covid-19 during the week. New tests were to be carried out on Thursday with results expected this Friday.
Meeting of the organizers
The three-quarter Semi Radradra, absent from the list of 23 players communicated Friday morning by Fiji for the meeting, is one of the infected players, according to one of the sources close to the Fijian team. The organizer of the competition must now meet on Friday afternoon and should formalize the cancellation of the meeting.
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For its part, the management of the France team canceled the press conference announcing the list of 23 players, scheduled for 12 p.m. Friday in Marcoussis. After two victories in two matches, in preparation against Wales (38-21) on October 24, then against Ireland (35-27) on October 31 during the Six Nations Tournament, the third match of the XV of France of the autumn period was to be disputed Sunday in Brittany, behind closed doors.
The Blues must play three other matches, as part of the Autumn Nations Cup, on November 22 in Scotland, on November 28 against Italy at the Stade de France as well as a classification match on December 5 or 6 . The new competition, which brings together eight teams, was launched this fall in an attempt to counter the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.