There could be 55,000 fans at Six Nations clash in October

Bernard Laporte has reportedly asked for an exemption that would allow Paris’ Stade de France to welcome 55,000 fans for the rescheduled Six Nations match against Ireland on October 31.

The country is currently imposing a ban on events featuring more than 5,000 people is currently set to run until October 30 – the day before the Six Nations match.

The president of the French Rugby Federation has revealed that a request has been made to accommodate 55,000 fans for the Six Nations clash at the end of the month, as well as France’s planned warm-up match against Wales on October 24.

“We are waiting for the answer but we think we can have it today. We have this first optimistic scenario, but our treasurer has planned another with a gauge of 5,000 fans. One thing is certain – the matches will be played.”


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What the England XV would look like based on last weekend

BACK THREE

15. Max Malins (Bristol Bears) –  Beat a couple of defenders and will only get better, although he may see more time at 10 when Charles Piutau returns.

14. Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath Rugby) – The speedster, as he had promised in the build-up, was clearly determined to show the England coaching contingent he has not lost the X-factor which earned him World Cup squad selection in Japan last year.

11. Olly Woodburn (Exeter Chiefs) – Normally finishing off tries but Woodburn turned provider on Friday against Sale, setting up tries for Sam Simmonds and Stuart Hogg.

CENTRE

13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs): His absolutely brilliant no look inside pass set up Sam Simmonds opening try. Different gravy.

12: Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks) – The powerhouse ran rampant over arguably the most physical side in the Gallagher Premiership over the last five years in Exeter Chiefs. Faded as the game went on but there were some positive signs.

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