Rugby: the Six Nations Tournament cut off from its female and young versions

After the European Rugby Cups suspended at least until the beginning of February, it is the turn of the Six Nations Tournament to be affected by the epidemic rebound caused by the famous “variant” of Covid-19. Or at least part of the Tournament: the matches of the under-20s and those of the women. The six-nation committee, organizer of the competition, announced Wednesday, January 13 the postponement of the meetings due to the pandemic.

The French government had previously worried about the reception conditions of the XV of France in Ireland (February 14) and England (March 13), the two countries having to face for weeks a very worrying increase in cases of coronavirus. The decision of the partial postponement was recorded Tuesday evening after meeting. His main motivation is to ensure the running of the Men’s Tournament on the scheduled dates.

All attention focused on the boys

Bernard Laporte, the president of the French Rugby Federation, did not hide it, reports the daily. South West : “That way, we’ll just have to take care of the boys. It will only be one health bubble per federation. “ Make sure these gentlemen are healthy, okay. These ladies and young people, that was too much, so we’ll see later. In spring or summer, the program will not be stopped until the end of January. ” In a later window we will be in a better position to host two fantastic Tournaments ”, more diplomatically estimated Ben Morel, the director general of the committee of the six nations. Women’s rugby, which is organizing its World Cup next September in New Zealand (September 18-October 16), is therefore reduced to swallowing the bitter potion.

The Men’s Tournament is hanging by a thread, but the organizers wanted to continue to dispel doubts. A new protocol should be presented to the French government in the coming days, more rigorous than that in force last fall during the Nations Cup. In particular, players should undergo an additional test, not only before matches, but also before returning to their clubs to avoid possible contamination in their Top 14 clubs.


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