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Ireland Gear Up For 6 Nations Clash With France

06 February 2018

Commentating for Irish radio station RTE, Corcoran goes completely nuts when Johnny Sexton executes a 42-meter drop-goal to win in the dying seconds of the match.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see Wales sweep it, but for the good of the competition we just want to see close games, and an exciting brand of rugby.

And even if he doesn't turn out to be as good as a Wilkinson or Carter, Brunel believes Jalibert could at least emulate versatile former worldwide half-back Frederik Michalak, a player who made his France debut 16 years ago, just a month after turning 19.

The boss man has seen many things in this insane game but how about an 82nd minute drop goal from 46 metres out to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat in Paris?!

With the match doctor confirming the HIA, Owens had little choice but to accept the ruling and resume the game.

France meanwhile have six uncapped players in their side, including Bordeaux's 19-year-old prodigy Matthieu Jalibert, who will become the youngest fly-half to start a Five or Six Nations game for France.

The result of the independent doctor's decision that Dupont had to come off for a HIA was that Maxime Machenaud returned to the fray.

"This involves an initial review by an independent HIA review processor, Alligin (UK) Limited, and then in certain cases a further review by an HIA review panel".

"When he struck the drop goal I was just willing it had enough distance to go over".

Ryan will earn his fifth cap at the Stade de France, partnering British and Irish Lions lock Iain Henderson.

That would have forced France into a backline reshuffle.

Substitute fly-half Anthony Belleau kicked the conversion and just as they had done two years ago, France had turned around a six-point half-time deficit with a late try.

It didn't take Ireland long to get things going as early bursts from wingers Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale took the visitors deep into French territory. Both times they were put down as HIA. Unfortunately Jalibert - who had made a promising start - lasted just last half an hour before hobbling off following a clash of knees with Bundee Aki. How costly that miss proved to be as Ireland worked their way back up the pitch, phase after phase, Sexton applying the final coup de grace as time stood still at the Stade de France.

It was a relatively similar story 12 months prior when, this time at home to Wales, Ireland started the game well but ultimately drew 16-16.

The Irish side will revolve round the world-class half back pairing of scrum half Conor Murray and fly half Johnny Sexton, while other experienced hands like skipper Rory Best bring a streetwise edge to the team.

France: Palis; Thomas, Lamerat, Chavancy, Vakatawa; Jalibert, Machenaud; Poirot, Guirado (capt), Slimani, Iturria, Vahaamahina, Lauret, Gourdon.

Ireland Gear Up For 6 Nations Clash With France