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France Awarded Autumn Nations Cup After Fiji Virus Outbreak

France Awarded Autumn Nations Cup After Fiji Virus Outbreak

Tuesday, 17 November, 2020 - 10:15
France players during a training session in Marcoussis, southern Paris, in readiness for Sunday’s under-threat game with Fiji. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

France was awarded a 28-0 win with a bonus point on Tuesday after its rugby match against Fiji was canceled in the Autumn Nations Cup.

A coronavirus outbreak within the Fiji squad forced the cancellation of the opening match for both teams scheduled last Sunday in Vannes.

“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,” Cup organizers said.

They added they were working with the Fijians, subject to more virus tests, to ensure they can field a competitive side against Italy on Saturday in Ancona.

The 28-0 decision put France atop Group B, ahead of Scotland on points difference, The Associated Press reported.

France and Scotland meet on Sunday at Murrayfield in the second round.

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