The new coach of the England national team has admitted to being “feared” for his country in the wake of the Manchester bombing.
The man behind the English squad, the new coach, Mark Sampson, was due to meet the players at their hotel in Paris on Monday night, but has now said that his team are safe and that the incident was an accident.
“We were at a hotel and it happened, and we were at the hotel for some reason,” he told BBC Sport.
“I’m not sure if it was a misunderstanding, but the team was very safe.”
Sampson also revealed that England have decided to “not play until further notice”, with only a few games left in the World Cup.
“I think the decision has been made that there will be no games until further.
The decision was made as soon as it was possible to.
We are very sorry for the loss of life,” he said.”
The safety of the people who were in the hotel and the hotel staff, the police and ambulance, was paramount.”
A new team has been named for the World Cups opening round against France in June and the World Rugby Sevens Sevens Series in Italy in November.
The announcement was made ahead of a training session on Tuesday, with Sampson confirming that the team will be named the “A” team.
Sampsson is the latest English player to have been forced to flee the country following the bombing.
England captain Chris Ashton and England fly-half Chris Ashton were also forced to leave the country due to the Manchester attacks, but both returned to the country last weekend.
England have won two of their last three matches, with both wins coming in Paris.