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French deputy sports minister won't guarantee Six Nations trip to Ireland

Ben Morel CEO of Six Nations Rugby said his company were committed to the promotion of rugby at all levels Women’s and U20s Six Nations tournaments are delayed 0 By Helena Sutan
Noah Ferguson | 15 January, 2021, 23:52

France's government is demanding reassurances on safety from England and Ireland before allowing its national side to visit those countries during the Six Nations next month.

The Under-20s Six Nations tournament will also be delayed.

The competitions will instead be scheduled in revised windows later this season.

The women's Six Nations is a key event for teams preparing for the World Cup, which is due to be held in New Zealand starting in September.

Tournament organisers confirmed the men's edition of the Six Nations will take place as scheduled, though, with Italy hosting France in the opening fixture on February 6.

As it stands, Glasgow Warriors will have that weekend off, although head coach Danny Wilson has expressed his desire to have a match moved into the slot, so as to get as many games as possible played before his leading players disappear off on Six Nations duty.

La Rochelle are set to host Bayonne on January 22 despite announcing earlier on Tuesday they have closed their training ground after 15 first team and academy players tested positive for coronavirus.

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"This is disappointing news that we fully accept is in the best interests of everyone involved", Irish Rugby Football Union's director of women's and sevens rugby Anthony Eddy said in a statement.

'Following the successful completion of the 2020 Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup, Six Nations Rugby is in constant dialogue with each of its governmental authorities and is further reinforcing its Covid-19 protocols, ' read the statement.

"We will also continue to work with World Rugby to ensure our Rugby World Cup 2021 qualification games can take place in a timely and safe manner".

It has been an extremely challenging time for underage rugby in Ireland since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with young players around the country deprived of the chance to play regularly and continue their development.

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