France rugby players cleared of COVID

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Every player on France's national rugby team has tested negative for the coronavirus and has been authorised to go home after coach Fabien Galthie returned a positive result.

The players were tested on Tuesday evening following Galthie's positive result. They will be allowed to leave France's training camp but will need to stay in isolation.

Another staff member, William Servat, returned a positive test, bringing to three the number of positive cases within the squad, the country's rugby federation said.

"Complementary PCR tests will be carried out at home on Friday 19 February, as well as on the evening of Sunday 20 February, as soon as the players and coaching staff return to the National Rugby Centre.

"They will then isolate until the results are back," the FFR said in a statement.

France, who host Scotland on February 28, beat Ireland 15-13 in Dublin on Sunday to go top of the Six Nations standings.

The squad for the game against Scotland will be announced on Wednesday.