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Saturday 25th February 16:50 GMT

 

Ireland face France at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday early Evening in Round 3 of the 2017 Six Nations tournament. Victory is of vital importance to both sides, if they are to keep alive their hopes of claiming the title off of the 2016 winners England, who lead the table once more during the current campaign. Ireland came into the competition highly favoured to be the winners, following their impressive Autumn displays against the All Blacks in particular.

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However, they fell foul of a resurgent Scotland in Round 1 in Edinburgh, falling well behind in the first period, and despite staging a fine recovery, they were undone by two late penalties. In Round 2, they became the first side in the competition's history to register a try-scoring bonus point, when they swamped Italy in Rome. Scoring nine tries in total and winning by 63-10. France so nearly toppled England at Twickenham in Round 1, but they were the victims of the English mental strength that now sees them able to snatch wins, even when playing poorly. The 16-19 win for the Red Rose, has left France needing to win all of their remaining games to have any real chance of taking the title.

Posted: 14th February 2015

 

While The France coach, Philippe Saint-Andre never knew what it was like to lose to Ireland as a player, he has yet to taste success against the men in green as a coach, having drawn two and lost one of the three matches played under his stewardship. However, Les Bleus, who struggled to overcome a spirited Scotland side in Paris last weekend, have never lost at the Aviva Stadium. The Irish were far from impressive in beating Italy in Rome, despite the 26-3 scoreline in their favour. However, the three changes made to the starting XV by coach Joe Schmidt, will bring experience and additional quality to the title holders. Fly-Half Jonathan Sexton returns after 12 weeks out due to a concussion, while Sean O'Brien plays his first game in 16 months and Jamie Heaslip comes in at No.8.

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The two teams have another date later in the year, when they meet in Cardiff in a World Cup Pool fixture, the result of which may well decide on their chances of making it through to the final of the tournament. While the significance of Saturday's game on that fixture will be talked down, both teams will be eager to strike a psychological blow ahead of the global competition.

Posted: 9th March 2013

 

Saturday, March 9th, Ireland and France play at Lansdowne Road at 17:00 local time and GMT in the Six Nations Competition. Ireland is the fourth ranked team on the Six Nations table. They have been able to grab a total of one win this season so far, from the three games that they have had the opportunity to play. They have had no draws this season and have been able to earn two points total. Italy is right below them and also has two wins and no draws, and they have the same number of points as Ireland. As for France, they come in at the very bottom.

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Meanwhile, England takes the top spot in the Six Nations table with six points earned after winning all three of their games, while Wales comes in at number two with four points earned from the two wins that they have had. Scotland is in third place.


Tags: Aviva Stadium, Six Nations, Ireland, France, Joe Schmidt, Lansdowne Road
Posted: 25th February 2017


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