Despite the rise of the Covid-19 in Australia, the tour of the XV of France is not worried and should take place, said the boss of the Australian Rugby Federation, Andy Marinos.
Faced with new cases of Covid-19, Melbourne has been confined for two weeks while the XV of France must join Australia to play three games there during the first weeks of July. Melbourne’s lockdown is to be lifted shortly before midnight on Thursday, local authorities said on Wednesday.
But the French tour is not threatened by the virus. The boss of the Australian Rugby Federation, Andy Marinos, assured Wednesday that the resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Melbourne did not threaten the tour of the XV of France in Australia.
“I am confident: we will be able to organize the three matches on July 7, 13 and 17 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, assured the head of Rugby Australia. For now, the program remains as it has been. been presented. “
A “plan B” is planned
If the rise of the Covid-19 were to create new complications in Australia – which has totaled less than 30,000 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic – the boss of the Australian Federation has already planned another way to dispute the met.
“We continue to monitor developments in Melbourne and if necessary we will involve all stakeholders to make new decisions,” said Marinos, who has “a plan A and a plan B”.
“We are in constant communication with them (the French, editor’s note), almost every day,” said Mr. Marinos to the Sydney Morning Herald. “On our side as on theirs, things have not stabilized,” however conceded the official. The two selections have not faced each other since November 2016, and the last match ended with an Australian victory.