FRANCE have a new date for their Six Nations match with Scotland in Paris, and it could be a big one.
The original fixture on February 28 was postponed after a coronavirus outbreak within the French squad.
Les Bleus face Wales this weekend, looking to keep their title hopes alive and know the right result will put their fate in their own hands when the Scots visit.
When will France vs Scotland be played now?
France vs Scotland has been confirmed as an 8pm kick-off on Friday, March 26
However, there is no confirmation as yet that Scotland's Premiership players will be able to play.
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter, whose side play Gloucester the same evening, said: “I don’t know if talks are still ongoing, whether there has been a ‘this is what needs to happen’. I can’t quite fill you in.
"I imagine that Premiership Rugby will have made its stance on it to the Six Nations and it’s probably now for the Six Nations to either accept or decline it.
“That is what I imagine is what is happening. That is probably why we are still waiting to see what happens.
"Now I don’t know whether some of those decisions might be made depending on the rounds of games this week, whether that affects something or not.
“It could well be that there is still circumstances that will come out of this weekend that will change. I don’t know.
"I don’t want to make a comment on something I genuinely don’t know anything about.”
Why was France vs Scotland cancelled?
France vs Scotland was cancelled after the entire French squad was ordered to isolate.
The match had been scheduled to go ahead despite Les Bleus reporting ten positive tests.
However a further positive test led to the match being called off on Thursday, February 25.
A Six Nations statement said: "The Six Nations Testing Oversight Group (TOG) met today to review the situation in the French Camp.
"They unanimously recommended the postponement of the France v Scotland match. This will be ratified later today by the Six Nations Council.
"We will be working on the rescheduling of this fixture and will communicate the date in due course."
In a statement on Twitter, France rugby said: "Following the RT-PCR tests carried out on Wednesday, February 24, and the appearance of a positive test within the playing squad, the FFR medical committee met this morning and decided to suspend training today.
"The entire group is in isolation in accordance with the health protocol."
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