Fri, 25 Sep 2020

France scrumhalf casts doubt over Top 14 restart

News24
16 Aug 2020, 04:12 GMT+10

Toulon's France scrumhalf Baptiste Serin said on Friday he questioned the return of the Top 14 next month due to various outfits noting positive coronavirus tests.

Register your interest for the British & Irish Lions tickets in South Africa 2021

On Monday Stade Francais, who begin the new season by hosting Bordeaux-Begles on 4 September, stopped training due to a reported 25 examples of Covid-19 within their squad and coaching staff.

Fellow top-flight side Lyon have also had instances as have Oyonnax, Provence and Soyaux-Angouleme in the second tier.

"With the cases recorded at certain clubs, you tell yourself we can't restart in three weeks," Serin said after his side's 38-all pre-season draw with Grenoble.

"Untill when will be able to play? Everybody's asking questions. We just have short-term visibility," he added.

Last term's Top 14 was stopped in April without a champion declared due to the pandemic.

European quarter-finals have been re-scheduled for mid-September with the Six Nations to be finished in late-October and a new eight-country tournament replacing the cancelled traditional November Tests.

More South Africa News

Access More

Sign up for South Africa News

a daily newsletter full of things to discuss over drinks.and the great thing is that it's on the house!