The Autumn Nations Cup game between France and Fiji on Sunday has been called off following positive coronavirus cases within the Fiji team, the French federation announced on Friday.

The FFR said in a statement that the outcome of the Group B game, which it said cannot be rescheduled, would be decided by the Six Nations committee on Monday.

Fiji, whose pre-tournament warm-up match against Portugal was also cancelled after three of their players tested positive for the novel coronavirus, are due to play Italy on 21 November, while France face Scotland at Murrayfield the next day.

The Autumn Nations Cup was created to replace the November Tests after the international schedule was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ireland, who start their campaign tonight against Wales, are due to play one of the four teams from Group B at the start of December. 

All of the French players have tested negative for coronavirus, the FFR said.

Ben Morel, CEO of organisers Six Nations Rugby, said: "This was a difficult and disappointing decision, but it was the only possible outcome following today's test results.

"Whilst we’ve all been eagerly awaiting this match, the welfare of our players and their support teams remain our number one priority.

"We have a rigorous testing programme in place. In this instance, it is impossible for the Fijians to field a competitive team and we have no other option but to cancel this match. I want to thank the Fijian and French Unions for their collaboration and wish the impacted athletes a speedy recovery"

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