France ready to play despite Covid outbreak, insists coach Edwards

France are ready to play despite their Covid scare, insists defence coach Shaun Edwards as they await decision on whether Six Nations clash with Scotland on Sunday will go ahead

  • France will find out if they can play their Six Nations clash with Scotland
  • Eleven players and three staff members are isolating after a Covid-19 outbreak
  • Defence coach Shaun Edwards insists they will be ready to play if allowed to 

France will find out on Wednesday if their match against Scotland in Paris can go ahead as planned on Sunday and Shaun Edwards is confident they will be ready to play, despite the disruption caused by a Covid outbreak.

The English defence guru plotting a Gallic title triumph in this Six Nations has managed to stay virus-free while head coach Fabien Galthie, two of his assistants and 11 French players are isolating.

Tournament officials may decide that the fixture at Stade de France against Gregor Townsend’s Scots must be postponed by six or seven days, but the hosts are gearing up for the all-clear, despite stringent training restrictions.

France defence coach Shaun Edwards is confident the players will be ready to play on Sunday

All the latest test results came back on Tuesday and, speaking to Sportsmail from France’s HQ at Marcoussis, Edwards said: ‘We’ve had a positive day. Well… that’s probably a bad way to put it!

‘We’ve had a good day anyway. We’re getting ready for a Test match on Sunday.

‘Yesterday was difficult and a shock, seeing lads who wanted to play being told they have to leave and isolate. But we have to put that behind us and get on with it.

‘The new lads have mixed in well. We had a clarity session — walk-throughs and jog-throughs without a ball — which was quite humorous. It was like a scene from Mike Bassett: England Manager.

‘I always think that if there’s a bit of difficulty that you have to overcome, that makes any potential success so much sweeter.’

A decision on whether their Six Nations clash with Scotland will go ahead is due on Wednesday

Edwards was adamant that France — who have won their opening Six Nations matches against Italy and Ireland — are taking all precautions to contain the outbreak in their ranks. They have avoided any contact or close proximity in training. They have been eating alone in their rooms and doing analysis sessions outside.

Galthie’s enforced rotation policy during the Autumn Nations Cup has proved beneficial now.

‘It’s fortunate that, in the autumn, we almost got used to these kind of weeks, with all the changes,’ said Edwards.

‘It’s not new to us to have mass changes. The guys who fitted in during the autumn know our systems. They understand what we want from them.’

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