6:17 p.m. – January 12, 2021
While a meeting was scheduled for Tuesday between the Ministry of Sports and the FFR concerning the 6 Nations Tournament, Roxana Maracineanu confirmed at the microphone of France Info that the Italy-France meeting scheduled for February 6 was maintained as it stands. things.
After the temporary suspension of the European Cups formalized this Monday by the EPCR, the holding of the 6 Nations Tournament is in doubt. The spread of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus in England has pushed the government to advise against travel by French clubs to Great Britain but also the reception of teams from across the Channel at least until the beginning of February. A situation that could very clearly disrupt the 6 Nations Tournament, which is due to start on February 6. This was the agenda of a meeting organized on Tuesday between the Ministry of Sports and the leaders of the French Rugby Federation. If there is no question of a postponement or cancellation of the competition yet, action will be taken if necessary.
No doubts for Italy-France, details requested for the future
At the end of this meeting, the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu returned to the content of the discussions in an interview with France Info and was relatively confident for the Italy-France match, scheduled for February 6 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. “Today, we maintain the first match since it will be played against Italy”, declared the minister. But, as for trips to Ireland on February 14 and England on March 13 but also to the receptions of Scotland on February 28 and Wales on March 20, the holding of the matches remains in abeyance. “The Federation presented us with a very strict health protocol,” assured Roxana Maracineanu. I still have a few details to ask Bernard Laporte to defend the fact that the Tournament may be held in a different way over time. “ A postponement of matches to the fall, similar to the solution implemented in 2020, could therefore be favored by the French authorities depending on the evolution of the situation.