France star Dupont tests positive for Covid-19 before Scotland clash

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced on Friday the first 12 results from the latest round of testing conducted on their Six Nations squad after head coach Fabien Galthie, forwards coach William Servat and other staff members returned positive tests on Tuesday.

Scrum-half Dupont was the only one of that latest number to return a positive test, with Dorian Aldegheri, Julien Marchand, Peato Mauvaka, Cyril Baille, Dylan Cretin, captain Charles Ollivon, Anthony Bouthier, Louis Carbonel, Romain Taofifenua, Paul Willemse and Arthur Vincent all testing negative.

Dupont – who the FFR reported is asymptomatic – is set to remain in self-isolation over the coming days and he will now be a major doubt for title-chasing France’s next Six Nations match against Scotland in Paris on February 28.

The 24-year-old Toulouse favourite was instrumental to Les Bleus’ opening wins over Italy and Ireland and is arguably the best player in the world on current form, scooping player of the tournament honours following the conclusion of the 2020 Six Nations in October following a seven-month delay caused by coronavirus.

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