The Autumn Nations Cup has suffered a hammer blow before a ball has even been kicked with the France v Fiji match called off after several positive coronavirus tests among the Fijian team.
After plenty of media reports that the match was off, the Autumn Nations Cup confirmed the news on Friday afternoon.
A statement released by the organisers of the tournament confirmed they had made the decision to cancel the match that was scheduled for Sunday. They also announced that the match would not be rescheduled.
“Due to the tight schedule of the competition it is unfortunately not possible to reschedule this match,” read the statement.
“The sporting result of this match will be determined at a meeting on Monday with the designated tournament sub-committee.”
France had already cancelled their news conference before the official announcement, during which coach Fabien Galthie was due to announce the team to face Fiji in Vannes.
The French federation said the news conference was cancelled “due to exceptional circumstances”.
France, Fiji, Scotland and Italy are in Group B of the competition. The winners of the group are due to play the winners of Group A on the final weekend, with the two second-placed teams also clashing and so on.
With a rescheduled match out of the question, Fiji’s match against Italy next week must also be in some degree of doubt, depending on the severity of the situation.
Reports in France say the French players have already been released back to their clubs and will be available play in the Top 14 this weekend instead.
France will play Scotland next weekend.
Wales kick off the competition on Friday evening against Ireland, which you can follow live here.
Amazon Prime Video has the rights to show 14 of the 16 matches. It’s the first time an international rugby competition has been shown largely on a paid for online streaming service.
You can get a free 30-day trial here to watch all the games without charge. All the Wales games will be shown on S4C with Welsh language commentary.