Ireland's Six Nations matches against France will go ahead, the hosts' rugby federation has confirmed.

There had been growing doubts about the viability of the fixtures involving the men's, women's and Under-20 sides on 13, 14 and 15 March due to the French government's announcement last week that all "confined" gatherings of more than 5,000 people have been cancelled as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

But in a statement on their website, the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) said: "Gatherings organised in open-air venues such as sporting events played in large stadiums like the France v Ireland fixtures on 13, 14 and 15 March will go ahead as long as it does not lead to the mixing of populations from areas where the Covid-19 virus is circulating."

Ireland's U20s will take on their French counterparts on Friday 13 March at 8pm at Stade Aime Giral.

The following day, Andy Farrell's senior men's team play against a France side still in the hunt for a grand slam - should they beat Scotland this Sunday - at the Stade de France.

The Irish women are in action on the Sunday at 3.35pm in Lille.

Irish teams are not in Six Nations action this weekend after games against Italy were called off.

Six Nations organisers had confirmed on Thursday that all fixtures - with the exception of Italy v England in the final round - were to go ahead as planned, including France v Ireland.

"As previously stated, Six Nations fully intends to complete all 15 games across all three championships when time allows," they added.