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Ireland postponed Six Nations trip to France set for October

Raphael Ibanez (Getty Images)
Raphael Ibanez (Getty Images)

France's postponed Six Nations match against Ireland due to coronavirus fears is set to be played on either 30 or 31 October, les Bleus team manager Raphael Ibanez said on Tuesday.

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The original fixture for the final round of this year's tournament was scheduled for Saturday, 14 February in Paris but has been called off because of coronavirus.

"The match is expected to be played on either October 30 or 31, it's what we have understood," Ibanez said at a press conference.

Competition leaders England's trip to Italy this weekend has also been postponed as was the Azzurri's visit to Dublin which was set for 7 March.

Scotland's visit to Wales this weekend will go ahead.

The final round of action will decide the title winners with England, France, Scotland and Ireland still in with a chance of outright victory.

Ibanez also said prop Mohamed Haouas will go in front a disciplinary panel in London on Wednesday after being sent off in the weekend loss away to Scotland for punching the hosts' Jamie Ritchie.

Front-rower Haouas, 26, who was making just his just fourth Test appearance in Sunday's 28-17 loss, risks a ban which, depending on how the offence is judged, could be as little as two weeks or as much as a year.

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