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It is once again unclear whether Ireland's Six Nations game against France in Paris will go ahead. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

It is once again unclear whether Ireland's Six Nations game against France in Paris will go ahead. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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It is once again unclear whether Ireland's Six Nations game against France in Paris will go ahead. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland's Six Nations clash in Paris has been plunged into doubt once again after the French government issued a ban on gatherings of over 1,000 due to the spread of coronavirus.

The ban does come with exemptions for "gatherings of national importance" according to local reports, with public transport, demonstrations and competitions cited as examples.

It remains to be seen if the Stade de France fixture comes under any of those criteria.

Already, the virus has claimed Italy's meetings with Ireland and England and will mean there will be no clear winner at the end of the tournament's final day next weekend.

A previous ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people only applied to indoor events and reports have yet to stipulate if the new decree has the same criteria.

However, the French Federation took to Twitter to say nothing had changed and they expect the match to take place as planned.

France and Ireland remain firmly in the hunt for the Six Nations title after Fabien GalthiƩ's side lost to Scotland.

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