Rugby: No new positive COVID-19 tests, say French federation

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(Reuters) - The French Rugby Federation (FFR) said on Tuesday there had been no further positive COVID-19 tests among its playing squad or backroom staff as they continue preparations for this weekend's Six Nations game against Scotland in Paris.

Five more players were found to be positive in tests conducted on Sunday, bringing the total to 10, while several members of staff, including coach Fabien Galthie, returned positive tests last week.

The players that tested positive have all been replaced in the 31-man squad.

Six Nations officials said over the weekend they were confident the game in Paris would go ahead. But organisers said on Monday their Testing Oversight Group reviewed the situation and would reconvene on Wednesday.

France lead the standings with two wins from two games, ahead of Wales on points difference, as they seek to lift the Six Nations title for the first time since 2010.

(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)