6N: France players Haouas, Villiere test positive for virus

MARCOUSSIS, France (AP) — France prop Mohammed Haouas and winger Gabin Villiere tested positive for COVID-19 and will be placed in isolation ahead of their team’s next Six Nations match.

The French rugby federation said the players were tested on Friday, when scrumhalf Antoine Dupont also tested positive for the virus.

The FFR said later Saturday that forwards coach Karim Ghezal, who works on lineouts, has also tested positive for the virus.

Coach Fabien Galthie tested positive following last Sunday’s 15-13 win at Ireland, ending a 10-year Dublin drought, and all three players started in that game.

Haouas was sent off for punching Scotland flanker Jamie Ritchie in the 2020 Six Nations.

France hosts Scotland on Feb. 28 at Stade de France and the FFR will announce its 31-man squad for that match on Sunday.

France was runner-up to England last year.

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