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France Six Nations preparations hit by COVID-19 cases

France start their Six Nations campaign on Feb. 6 against Italy at the Stade de France. Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

France's Six Nations preparations were hit by a string of positive COVID-19 tests which kept scrum-half Antoine Dupont and six others out of the squad's training camp.

Dupont, Romain Ntamack, Francois Cros, Gaetan Barlot, Anthony Jelonch, Cyril Baille and Bernard Le Roux will not start the preparations in southern France, the French rugby federation said in a statement on Sunday.

The FFR added that Uini Atonio and Cameron Woki were also out with injuries.

All nine players have been replaced in the squad.

France start their Six Nations campaign on Feb. 6 against Italy at the Stade de France.