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Townsend hopes for French decision

Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Date: Sunday, 14 March Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
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Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend says “there’s a number of issues to be sorted” earlier than his facet’s Six Nations assembly with France will be rearranged.

The match was scheduled for 28 February however was postponed amid an outbreak of Covid-19 within the French camp.

It’s broadly anticipated to be rearranged for Friday, 26 March, however that falls exterior a global window.

“I consider discussions are ongoing. I am unsure after they’ll be resolved however I hope that shall be quickly,” stated Townsend.

“We all know there is a date on the market on the twenty sixth that may go well with all people and that may hyperlink it very near the event, ending only a week after the opposite video games.

“However there’s a number of issues to be sorted, notably getting all our gamers obtainable and agreeing our gamers’ launch from golf equipment in England and France.”

After welcoming Eire on Sunday, the Scots host Italy on 20 March, so concluding their marketing campaign lower than per week later would imply taking part in three Check matches in 13 days.

Indications are that Premiership Rugby is ready to loosen up its guidelines to permit Scottish gamers with English golf equipment to play on 26 March, however it isn’t clear if Paris-based Racing 92 would launch Finn Russell.

“For a event of the standing of the Six Nations, you want one of the best gamers taking part in in opposition to one of the best gamers who can be found,” added Townsend.

“We had been all conscious of the principles going into the event. There wasn’t going to be a 28-0 win or a draw – it might be a delay of the sport or postponement.

“We wish the sport performed, so do France and let’s hope it will get performed within the subsequent few weeks.”

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