The immediate decision comes after France had suspended their training on Thursday when a fresh Covid-19 positive was returned among their players from tests conducted on Wednesday. The squad is now isolating.
The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) had met earlier on Thursday to review France’s situation and came to a unanimous recommendation that the game should be postponed.
The decision i set to be ratified later on Thursday by the Six Nations Council, with a date for the rescheduled game to be announced in “due course”.
It is almost unlikely that the fixture will be rearranged for the second rest week of the tournament (weekend of March 6 and 7) because there remains a risk of infection within the France camp.
However, On Wednesday, Six Nations organizers had given the go ahead for Sunday’s match, despite 13 positive results recorded in the French camp in the past week.
The Captain Charles Ollivon and scrum-half Antoine Dupont are among the current 11 players to have contracted the virus, while head coach Fabien Galthie was among three staff to test positive.
The team had only just resumed contact training on Wednesday but the FFR had previously said it would conduct daily testing until Sunday.
France’s sports minister Roxana Maracineanu has asked the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR), Bernard Laporte, to investigate the series of cases.
France also have a 100-per-cent record in this year’s tournament having recorded victories over Italy and Ireland in their two matches to date.
They are still due to face England at Twickenham on March 13 before ending their Six Nations campaign at home to Wales a week later.
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