Share this article


Bernard Laporte insists this year's Six Nations will go ahead. 

The tournament's future has been cast in doubt by the French government, who are concerned about the spread of the recently-discovered British strain of COVID-19.

Pressure from the French Ministry for Sport forced the suspension of the Heineken Champions Cup pool stage this week.

The 2021 Six Nations is due to get underway on February 6 with France's game away to Italy.

So far according to Roxana Maracineanu, that's the only Les Bleus game guaranteed to go ahead. France's Deputy Minister for Sport wants more assurances regarding player safety before the government will green-light trips to Dublin or London.

France's game away to Ireland is scheduled for St. Valentine's Day.

But speaking to FranceInfo, Laporte said, "I understand some are sceptical, but it will take place."

The vice-chair of World Rugby added, "Firstly, because we had, during the autumn [Nations Cup] put in place a protocol which worked very, very well.

“The proof is that as soon as in a team, in this case Fiji, were detected Covid cases, they were out of competition. It worked well.

“There is going to be a Six Nations protocol. Once again, all of this makes us very optimistic.

"We will go further, there will be even more tests.

“We adapt to the conditions, but it’s the same principle – a real health bubble.

“A lot of organisation, a lot of foresight, with a Covid manager in each nation. I repeat, it worked well in the autumn, it will work well during this Six Nations time.”

Meanwhile, Connacht players will have one more chance to impress Ireland head coach Andy Farrell before the Six Nations.

Their Guinness PRO14 game at home to Cardiff has been rearranged for Sunday week at the Sportsground.

It means Ulster are the only province without a game in the week left fallow by the Heineken Champions Cup’s suspension.

Ronan O’Gara | La Rochelle’s Covid outbreak and what Paul O’Connell brings to Ireland


Share this article


Read more about

Bernard Laporte Coronavirus Covid-19 Ffr Roxana Maraci Six Nations

You might like

Live: Title

Description

Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share

Next up on queue

Title
Description
Duration

There are currently no podcasts in the queue

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Sound of the City with And...

The Sound of the City with Andy Clarke

12:00-16:00

Share

Up next

The Sound of the City with Den...

The Sound of the City with Denis Vavasour

16:00-19:00

Share

Dublin’s Top 30 with Paul Bona...

Dublin’s Top 30 with Paul Bonass

19:00-21:00

Share

Totally Irish with John Barker

Totally Irish with John Barker

21:00-23:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

23:00-00:00

Share

The Sound of the City at Night

The Sound of the City at Night

00:00-07:00

Share

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebe...

98FM'S Big Breakfast with Rebecca and Brendan

07:00-10:00

Share

Dublin Talks with Adrian & Jer...

Dublin Talks with Adrian & Jeremy

10:00-12:00

Share

The Sound of the City with Bar...

The Sound of the City with Barry Dunne

12:00-16:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on