It was expected. The organizers of the Autumn Nations Cup gave Tuesday match won with bonus (28-0 and 5 points) to the XV of France for the match against Fiji, canceled after cases of contamination with Covid-19 in the selection of Peaceful.
“The competition rules provide that if a team is mainly responsible for the absence of a match, a 28-0 victory will be awarded to the opponent who could have played the match,” explained the organizing committee.
The Blues therefore take the lead of their group, without having played, in front of Scotland (which also has five points), their next opponent. Sanctioned, Fiji is not eliminated from the competition.
“We wish the affected Fijian players good luck in their recovery and we are working closely with the Fijian team so that they can field a competitive team against Italy,” which the Pacific Islands are due to face in four days, added the ‘instance.
Scotland, the only defeat since the arrival of Galthié
The meeting against France, scheduled for Sunday, November 15 in Vannes, was canceled Friday morning. To the two Oceanian players already tested positive in the week had been added “four additional cases” having generated de facto “contact cases” after a new series of tests Thursday, had detailed the Committee of six nations, which oversees the all new Cup autumn of nations.
The former three-quarters of Toulon and Bordeaux-Bègles Semi Radradra, who now plays in Bristol (England), was one of the positive players according to a source close to the Fijian selection.
The Blues go to Edinburgh on Sunday to challenge the XV du Chardon, the only team to have beaten them since the arrival of the coach. It was in March (28-17), just before the end of the 2020 Six Nations Tournament.
For this “revenge”, the staff of the Blues will be able to rely on their typical team, apart from the opener Romain Ntamack (21 years old, 18 caps), “package for injury”, a muscle alert to a thigh.