Covid-19: the Six Nations Tournament threatened

Will there be a Six Nations Tournament this winter? The question arises, more and more pressing, while the competition should in principle begin on Saturday, February 6 with a trip from the Blues to Italy. The new measures in force at the borders of Europe complicate the situation. It is now necessary to have a negative PCR test of less than 72 hours and to respect a quarantine of seven days for travelers from the United Kingdom, for example, and vice versa. We understand the concern for travel from or to British nations … Because sportsmen, even professionals and internationals, are no exception. They are subject to the same rules as the populations.

Next week will be decisive. If the health situation continues to develop in the wrong direction, the competition may well be postponed or canceled. For the moment, the Six Nations committee is content to say that “the calendar is maintained”. British governments have yet to comment. In France, the Ministry of Sports has, according to our information, studied the “very robust” health protocol provided by the French Federation and the other federations involved. It was sent to the Interministerial Crisis Council, which is due to take a decision in the coming days.

No plan B, like setting up a bubble on one site

The multiplication of tests, the safety distances, the tightened bubble around the delegations will perhaps not be enough, even if these measures have been reinforced since last autumn. No other alternative has been considered for the moment. No plan B, such as the establishment of a bubble and the organization of the competition on a single site, like what was done last August during the Football Champions League in Lisbon (Portugal ).

Pending government decisions, Fabien Galthié’s Blues will meet in Nice on Monday to prepare for the Tournament and their entry into the matter against Italy in Rome. Hoping that the competition takes place.

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