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France without five players due to COVID-19


It is going to be a difficult week for the French side to keep their hopes alive for the Six Nations title after a number of French staff and players tested positive for COVID-19.

They are all now in self-isolation as the French team has to prepare for the clash against Scotland. With two wins fro two test the French are in a very good positions but this weeks match will be crucial.

Dupont, prop Mohammed Haouas, winger Gabin Villiere and lineout coach Karim Ghezal tested positive after their tests on Friday.

Uncapped scrum-half Maxime Lucu has joined Teddy Baubigny, Jonathan Danty and Yoram Moefana has been called up to the squad of 31 players.

It looks set that Baptiste Serin will start at nine this weekend against Scotland with Lucu that could also make his international debut.

Hooker Baubigny is the other new face in the group.

With the Six Nations championship and the first Grand Slam in 11 years this weekend will be big for France in Paris.

31-man France squad:
Dorian Aldegheri (7 caps), Uini Atonio (35 caps), Cyril Baille (25 caps), Demba Bamba (14 caps), Teddy Baubigny (1 cap), Pierre Bourgarit (5 caps), Hassane Kolingar (2 caps), Peato Mauvaka (6 caps)
Second-rowers: Killian Geraci (2 caps), Bernard Le Roux (46 caps), Romain Taofifenua (22 caps), Paul Willemse (14 caps)
Back-rowers: Grégory Alldritt (20 caps), Dylan Cretin (7 caps), Anthony Jelonch (6 caps), Charles Ollivon (20 caps), Cameron Woki (4 caps)
Scrum-halves: Sébastien Bezy (8 caps), Maxime Lucu (uncapped), Baptiste Serin (40 caps)
Fly-halves: Louis Carbonel (3 caps), Matthieu Jalibert (10 caps)
Centres: Pierre-Louis Barassi (2 caps), Jonathan Danty (6 caps), Gaël Fickou (60 caps), Yoram Moefana (2 caps)
Wingers: Damian Penaud (19 caps), Donovan Taofifenua (uncapped), Teddy Thomas (24 caps)
Full-backs: Anthony Bouthier (6 caps), Brice Dulin (33 caps)

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