France awarded 28-0 win over Fiji

AFP

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The two teams had been set to meet in Vannes in the new tournament, a replacement for the scrapped autumn internationals due to the global pandemic. 

Three days before the game, Fiji revealed two members of its travelling party had tested positive for COVID-19 and the contest was cancelled the next day when a further four cases affecting close contacts in the squad were reported.

Fiji's match with Italy in round two has also been cancelled.

"Whilst no fault has been apportioned to Fiji Rugby, the competition rules provide that if a team is primarily responsible for a match not taking place, a 28-0 victory will be awarded to the opposition that could have played the match," Six Nations Rugby, who are organising the competition, said in a statement.

"We wish the affected Fiji players well as they continue their recovery and are working closely with the Fiji team, to ensure that they are able to field a competitive team against Italy." 

France will belatedly play their first match when they face Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday.


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