The FFR, the French Rugby Federation, has actually extended its collaboration with the RATP Group, the general public transport business, until 2024.

For the next four seasons, the RATP group will continue to offer travel services for the FFR as its official transport partner.

The deal lengthens an enduring collaboration in between the federation and the company which started in 2005, and indicates the RATP group will be among the FFR’s sponsors for the Rugby World Cup on home soil in 2023.

The FFR also recently renewed with Renault, the French cars and truck producer, on a three-year offer.

In December 2018, the federation restored sponsorship deals with three of its official partners – GMF, the insurance coverage company, bank Société Générale and smart phone network Orange – plus Gilbert, the ball supplier, till at least 2024.

French sportswear brand name Le Coq Sportif’s six-year, EUR30-million ($ 35.6 million) kit supply deal also runs to 2024, while Altrad is the nationwide team’s jersey sponsor, paying an average EUR6.8 million per season till after the 2023 World Cup.

On the other hand, France have been granted a victory for their just recently cancelled match against Fiji in the Autumn Nations Cup, the brand-new rugby union competition which got underway last Friday.

France’s opener versus Fiji, which was set up to occur this previous Sunday, was postponed after several Fijian players checked favorable for Covid-19.

The competition organisers chose to award France a 28-0 win as under the rules of the competition, the team responsible for the cancellation surrenders the match.

France Televisions, the public-service broadcaster, was due to show the game.

In a double blow, it implies Fiji have actually also been made to forfeit their match versus Italy as that component has now officially been cancelled due to increasing cases within their camp.

The match was set up to occur this Saturday but the organisers made a swift choice to cancel the component after Fiji returned 29 positive cases in the current round of testing.

This extensive break out within the squad is most likely to put Fiji’s participation in the Autumn Nations Cup in jeopardy.

Their last group B component protests Scotland on 28 November prior to playing in a ‘final’ versus the team which ends up in the same position as them from group A on the weekend of 5 and 6 December.

But the high number of positive cases in the Fiji camp will place substantial doubt on those matches taking location.

The organisers said they “remain in continuous contact with the Fijian team to address the scenario” and added that “the primary top priority at present is the welfare of all gamers and management. The potential effect on Fiji’s staying matches is currently under evaluation.”

Scotland’s match versus France this Sunday will be the only group B game to happen this weekend.