It wasn’t an immediate threat to this weekend but there will still be sighs of relief that the French Government have given their formal approval to the Covid-19 protocols put forward by the French Rugby Union and tournament organisers.

The news was relayed this morning to the French Union from Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu via her appearance on a popular French TV breakfast show.

“The FFR has sent us a strict health protocol, and the decision was taken within the government that the Tournament be held on the date scheduled from February 6 within a health bubble,” she told viewers.

“The constraints will mean that players will be exempt from the septaine (seven-day quarantine) in force. They will undergo tests every three days and will remain in a bubble with 30 players.”

We now have to hope that the testing does not reveal exposure to the virus within any of the camps.

Rugby is in a particular spotlight with members of the Barbarians team before Christmas breaking the terms of their quarantine and causing the postponement of high profile fixtures.

The Irish team have been in their own bubble since last week and will travel to Wales for this weekend’s opening match adhering to a strict set of procedures to ensure they remain healthy.

Sport for Business Partners