France's Six Nations squad to return home, isolate after Galthie and assistant test positive for COVID-19

France head coach Fabien Galthie will name his 31-member squad later this week. Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images

The French rugby federation (FFR) said on Wednesday that players from the national team have been allowed to return home during the Six Nations break but will still need to isolate after another staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

The FFR announced that forwards coach William Servat had returned a positive COVID-19 test, a day after head coach Fabien Galthie also tested positive.

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The Francw squad tested negative for the second day in a row on Tuesday and had been isolating at the National Rugby Centre on the outskirts of Paris. Players will leave on Wednesday and are due to return on Sunday.

"Complementary PCR tests will be carried out at home on Friday Feb. 19, as well as on the evening of Sunday 20 February, as soon as the players and coaching staff return to the National Rugby Centre. They will then isolate until the results are back," the FFR said in a statement.

France, who are leading the Six Nations standings with nine points after two wins from two games, are due to face Scotland on Feb. 28.

The 31-member squad for the Scotland game will be announced on Wednesday.