Six Nations: Five France players tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Scotland clash

France will be without five first-team players for next Sunday’s Six Nations match against Scotland after scrum-half Antoine Dupont tested positive for Covid-19.

The French rugby federation revealed that prop Julien Marchand and centre Arthur Vincent have also tested positive for the virus, and will join prop Mohamed Haouas, winger Gabin Villiere and lineout coach Karim Ghezal in observing a minimum period of seven days in isolation.

All five players started last Sunday’s 15-13 win at Ireland in Dublin. Coach Fabien Galthie also tested positive after that game.

Two other squad players, lock Swan Rebbadj and prop Jean-Baptiste Gros, were left out after being considered to have been in contact with two team-mates from club side Toulon who tested positive.

The seven replacements called up to the 31-man squad on Sunday are props Hassane Kolingar and Dorian Aldegheri; hooker Teddy Baubigny; uncapped scrum-half Maxime Lucu; centres Jonathan Danty and Yoram Moefana; and uncapped winger Donovan Taofifenua.

France were runners-up to England last year and look for a third straight win of this campaign when they host Scotland at the Stade de France.

Les Tricolores opened with a resounding 50-10 win in Italy, with Dupont among the try scorers in Rome. He was voted the tournament’s best player last year.

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Scotland secured an impressive 11-6 win away to England and then were edged out 25-24 at home to Wales, despite leading 17-8 at the break.

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