Six Nations given green light to go ahead as France given exception from coronavirus quarantine rulesFebruary 2, 2021
FRANCE has been finally given the green light to take part in the Six Nations.
Les Bleus' position was unsure due to their government's concern over the UK's mutant Covid strain.
But ahead of their opener against Italy in Rome, minister Roxana Maracineanu said: "It was a decision everyone in rugby was awaiting.
"The FFR [French rugby union federation] submitted to us a rigorous, strict protocol, which was then submitted to the health authorities.
"The decision has been taken within government to ensure that the Six Nations championship is held on the scheduled date, starting February 6, with a biosecure bubble, as was the case with the Tour de France."
Wales and Scotland are both due to travel to Paris and they have also been exempt from a seven-day quarantine period.
Maracineanu added: "The decision has been taken within government to ensure that the Six Nations championship is held on the scheduled date, starting February 6, with a bio-secure bubble, as was the case with the Tour de France."
She said visiting players would be excluded from quarantine "since they will be tested every three days and remain in a closed bubble".
Meanwhile, England flanker Tom Curry insists the defending champions need a "full 80-minute performance" to see off Scotland at Twickenham in their tournament opener on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Rose had to scramble a last-gasp 38-38 draw after blowing a 31-point lead the last time the Scots visited, two years ago.
And Shale Sharks star Curry, 22, said: "We know they have players who can make something from nothing.
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"They have an ability to be relentless and we have to bring that element of control to the breakdown."
England defence coach John Mitchell is equally wary of Scotland's threat.
He said: "If you look at the history between the two countries in the last few years they have been really tight affairs."
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