France head coach Fabien Galthie will miss trip to Italy after testing positive for Covid-19

Fabien Galthie will be in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19
Fabien Galthie will be in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19
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France head coach Fabien Galthie will be missing his side's upcoming Six Nations campaign against Italy after testing positive for Covid-19.

While the rest of the squad members and coaching staff returned negative in the latest round of testing, Galthie now will undergo quarantine that will keep him out of the game in Paris.

"This morning I tested positive for Covid-19. I am fine with mild symptoms," Galthie tweeted.

"As a result, I am self-isolating and will act remotely this week.

"Raphael Ibanez and all of my staff, in whom I have full confidence, will be my relay on the pitch."

Meanwhile, the French Rugby Federation revealed that general manager Raphael Ibanez will take in charge of the side in the absence of Galthie, who will provide assistance remotely.

"Fabien Galthie, who has only mild symptoms, continues to assume all of his prerogatives from a distance during this period," the Federation said.

"He will rely on the presence of Raphael Ibanez with the France group, as well as on all the staff, and will continue to intervene remotely.

"In accordance with Six Nations protocol, additional tests are scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday February 5, on the eve of the match.

"These will be the last tests before the first match of the Six Nations tournament scheduled for Sunday February 6 at 4pm at the Stade de France."

 

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