France rugby chief Bernard Laporte faces government grilling over Covid-19 outbreak

Bernard Laporte will appear before the French government on Friday to explain the coronavirus outbreak that threatens France’s involvement in the Guinness Six Nations.

Bernard Laporte, the head of France's rugby federation.
Bernard Laporte, the head of France's rugby federation.

The French Rugby Federation president must present the findings of the internal investigation into why 12 players and four backroom staff, including head coach Fabien Galthie, tested positive for Covid-19.

Laporte will face education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and sports minister Roxana Maracineanu, who has threatened to withdraw France from the Six Nations due to the outbreak.

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It has emerged that Galthie left France’s bubble on the opening weekend to watch his son play rugby, while members of the squad also went out to eat waffles when in Rome to play Italy.

France’s round three fixture against Scotland had to be postponed because of the escalating number of cases and is set to be rearranged for March 26.

France beat Italy and Ireland in their opening two Six Nations games.

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