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France hit by more positive cases



Julien Marchand

Julien Marchand

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Julien Marchand

France's coronavirus outbreak continues to spread with centre Arthur Vincent and hooker Julien Marchand the latest to test positive.

Vincent and Marchand join star scrum-half Antoine Dupont, wing Gabin Villiere and prop Mohamed Haouas in being ruled out of Sunday's Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland.

Despite losing a fifth of the starting XV that toppled Ireland, there is no doubt about the match in Paris going ahead after France named a revised 31-man squad for the round three clash.

But it escalates the disruption faced by the Six Nations favourites, who top the table following victories over Italy and Ireland.

The French camp is contending with nine cases of coronavirus in total, the remaining four coming in the management team including head coach Fabien Galthie and his assistant William Servat.

√ Former New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has announced his retirement from professional rugby union. The 38-year-old won two World Cups during a 12-year spell with the All Blacks and bowed out of the international scene with a man-of-the-match display against Australia in the 2015 World Cup final.

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