The XV of France will receive Ireland, on October 31, at the end of the Six Nations Tournament 2020, at 9 p.m. (live on France 2), at the Stade de France. Six months after the postponement of the match, the coach of the Blues Fabien Galthié can finally tick a date in his calendar and continue his project of renovating a French rugby team which touches the first success for 10 years in this competition.
This meeting, which was to be held initially on March 14, had been postponed following measures put in place by the government to curb the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
📣 [PRESS RELEASE] The @SixNations_FR committee today announced the postponements of the 🇫🇷☘️ #FRAIRL matches for both male and female #XVdeFrance, as well as the cancellation of the match for the # FranceU20 team.- France Rugby (@FranceRugby) August 5, 2020
Before this last day, the Blues are currently second in the standings with the same number of points (13) as England, first but with a better goal-average (+ 15 against + 13). The XV of the Rose will face Italy a few hours earlier in Rome.
However, the Irish, fourth, but with one game less, will also have their say since an enhanced victory over the Italians on October 24 in Dublin - a game postponed from the penultimate day - could allow them to aim for the final victory at the Stade de France.
The women's XV will play the same weekend
In addition, the match of the Women's XV of France against Ireland will also be played on the weekend of October 31 at the Stadium of Villeneuve-d'Ascq (North). The exact date and time will be communicated later.
The French Rugby Federation (FFR), in close collaboration with the Six Nations Committee, is working with the public authorities on the conditions for organizing these matches. These conditions will be communicated to ticket holders as soon as they have been validated by the authorities.
❌ The #FRAIRL match of the # FranceU20 team, initially scheduled for March 13 in Perpignan and counting for the @SixNations_FR U20 2020, is finally canceled due to the constraints of the season's calendar. The 2020 U20 tournament will not have a winner. #NotLet'sXV- France Rugby (@FranceRugby) August 5, 2020
Regarding the France-Ireland match of the Six Nations Under-20 Tournament (U20), and due to the constraints of the season's calendar, it was decided that the match would not be played. There will therefore be no winner of the 2020 Tournament. Supporters who have purchased their tickets on the official network of the FFR will be fully reimbursed. An email will be sent to them shortly to inform them of the repayment terms.