Ireland take late win over France in Six Nations

9 New Caps In Ireland U20 Team For 6 Nations Opener.

"That suits me very well", he said defiantly.

"We think he's able to handle this role".

He added: 'I've talked a lot already about the pressure.

"He's got his bearings".

If it had been a knee injury, seasoned scrum-half Maxime Machenaud would not have been allowed return to the game.

"He deserves his position". "We just were a little bit under-prepared in the two weeks leading up to it".

The HIA is not without its flaws and the manner in which referees no longer take any chances is to be commended, but what happened in the 76th minute in Paris was scandalous.

Replacements: Pelissie, Priso, Gomes Sa, Gabrillagues, Tauleigne, Dupont, Belleau, Fall.

Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray will steer the ship from half-back, with nearly 130 Ireland caps between them, while powerful Ulster winger Jacob Stockdale (21) will make his Six Nations bow in the back-three alongside the equally electric Earls and full-back Rob Kearney, who is set for his 75th start for Ireland.




Included in the Leinster contingent is lock James Ryan, who will make his Six Nations debut on Saturday.

The replacement number 9 was involved in a tackle minutes before the clock turned red in the NatWest 6 Nations opener between France and Ireland and what followed was a decision that bordered on the farcical.

Follow our live blog of France v Ireland (4.45pm kick-off) on RTÉ Online and the RTÉ News Now App, or listen to commentary from Michael Corcoran and Donal Lenihan on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport. "One of the reasons is to find out", said Schmidt when asked if Ryan was ready for such a challenge.

Having already achieved everything in the game that is possible for modern days refs - ie: European Cup finals, World Cup finals etc - Owens is looking forward to another first in his career, however.

Schmidt also brought back a couple of players who missed the three Test wins last November. "All our (tournament) goals would have crumbled today if we had lost". The side will be once again captained by the vastly-experienced hooker Rory Best who wins his 107th cap.

Yes, a teenager, a 19-year-old, will start an worldwide match in one of the most competitive rugby competitions in the world against one of the tournament favourites.

Schmidt said he was particularly frustrated as his team had made a good start.

Bundee Aki is one of three Ireland players making their Six Nations debut (Image: Getty)How will the teams line out? So I'd hope that it's not. I think protecting the players has been ramped up since we were involved two years ago. Our record here isn't great over some 40 years now and that's because it's a hard place to come to and that's what we've stressed.

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