Six Nations given go-ahead after French government grant permission

Six Nations given the go-ahead after French government grant permission for Scotland and Wales to travel to Paris for fixtures

  • French quarantine rules had threatened to derail the competition 
  • Visitors entering France from the UK must isolate for seven days on arrival
  • However French government has given Scotland and Wales permission to travel 

The Six Nations was given the go-ahead on Thursday night after the French government granted exemptions for teams to travel to the country.

French quarantine rules had threatened to derail the competition by stating that visitors entering from the UK must isolate for seven days on arrival.

However, reports in France claim rules have been loosened for Six Nations teams by the government’s crisis unit. It means teams are free to continue with their current schedule, although the rules could change if the Covid situation worsens.

Gregor Townsend’s Scotland have been permission to travel to Paris for February 28th fixture

France kick off the competition with a trip to Italy, with speculation increasing that the tournament could disappear from free-to-air TV after this year.

The broadcast deal with the BBC and ITV is up for renewal for 2022, with the likes of Sky Sports and Amazon Prime ready to enter the bidding.

Amazon made their rugby debut during last year’s Autumn Nations Cup and have the financial clout to outbid the traditional broadcasters.

A shift away from terrestrial platforms would result in a huge audience decline and be an unpopular move with supporters.

France travel to Twickenham before Les Bleus return home to face Wales in their last game

However, when asked if this year will be the last round of free-to-air fixtures, Six Nations CEO Ben Morel said: ‘There’s absolutely no reason for that to be the case.

‘The 2021 is the Championship that marks the start of a new process for broadcast rights in several of our territories.

‘For the UK and Ireland, conversations will start in the coming weeks, and we will be talking to all the broadcasters.

‘We are entering into a new broadcast discussion and we will have to strike the right balance.’

A split between free-to-air and subscription platforms is the most likely outcome.

Morel revealed the feedback from Amazon’s investment in the Autumn Nations Cup was ‘fantastic’ — and the online retail giants are understood to be keen on showing more rugby in future.

Meanwhile, Wasps have signed promising England winger Ali Crossdale from Saracens.




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