The president of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte will not be able to follow Ireland-France this Sunday at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The Irish authorities do not want to take the slightest risk. Only a small delegation from the XV of France will travel to Dublin for the second day of the VI Nations Tournament against Ireland this Sunday afternoon (4 p.m.). Those attending the Aviva Stadium will be extremely limited this weekend.
This applies to the French press, apart from the broadcaster (France 2) which will broadcast the meeting, and very, very rare accredited media (only two French journalists who do not hold rights have obtained accreditation and a septaine exemption). This also concerns the leaders of the Irish and French federations in a tense health context due to the Covid-19 and a containment established for a few weeks.
No authorization to travel to Ireland for Laporte
Thus, the president of the FFR Bernard Laporte did not obtain authorization to attend the match in the stands and will therefore remain in Paris. Fabien Galthié and his players, they fly this Friday afternoon to Dublin, before the traditional training of the captain tomorrow behind closed doors, before challenging the XV of Clover on Sunday, still without the slightest spectator, eight days after the victory (50-10) against Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Rome to open the competition.