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Third France Six Nations coach has Covid-19 but players clear

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William Servat. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)
William Servat. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

France's Six Nations players have received the Covid-19 all clear after a second test but a third member of the coaching staff was revealed Wednesday to have produced a positive result.

Forwards coach William Servat emerged as the third case, despite having tested negative 24 hours earlier.

Head coach Fabien Galthie was confirmed to have coronavirus on Tuesday and must isolate for a week. The other positive case has not been identified.

But all of the playing staff tested negative for a second time in additional tests on Tuesday evening.

The French Rugby Federation said the positive test for Servat "brings to three the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the camp. Up to now no symptoms have been detected".

"Additional PCR tests conducted on Tuesday evening indicated that every player was negative, confirming the results from tests taken on Monday."

The players will undergo another test on Wednesday morning before returning home for a few days off.

They will return to their Marcoussis training base on Sunday to prepare for their next Six Nations match against Scotland in Paris on February 28.

That squad will include props Demba Bamba and Jean-Baptiste Gros as well as lock forward Swan Rebbadj who come into the group in place of Dorian Aldegheri, Hassane Kolingar and Baptiste Pesenti.

Kolingar was used as a late replacement for Cyril Baille in the 15-13 win over Ireland in Dublin on Sunday but the other two were not included in the matchday 23.

The virus all-clear for the players comes as a welcome boost for the side that now top the Six Nations table after beating Italy and Ireland.

The holding of the Six Nations had been in doubt before it started in early February after the French government called for further guarantees about the competition's safety protocol.

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