Possible Six Nations impact after France vaccine policy

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The Six Nations could be impacted, as well as January’s Champions Cup ties, after France chose to implement a new vaccine policy.

French president Emmanuel Macron has stated that all athletes in France must be fully vaccinated from January 15 and will soon decide whether that also applies to visiting players.

In the Premiership, they introduced an incentive to get at least 85 per cent of players and staff vaccinated, a figure which is reported to have been reached a couple of months ago.

However, there are sport stars that have publicly said they will not get the jab, including England and Exeter Chiefs centre Henry Slade.

An issue for international and club rugby

It could therefore create an issue for both the Six Nations and Champions Cup competitions, with teams potentially unable to call on players who have not been vaccinated.

Reports have revealed that 98 per cent of professional rugby players in France have been double-jabbed, while Covid passports have been introduced for supporters attending games.

France have three home matches in this year’s Six Nations as they face Italy on February 6, Ireland a week later and England in the final encounter of the tournament.

Before that, however, comes two pool rounds in the Champions Cup starting on January 15 – the day the mandate comes into effect – and clubs are seeking clarification from the relevant authorities.

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