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Friday, March 02, 2012

France feel they have an advantage ahead of clash with Ireland

The postponed Six Nations game between France and Ireland will take place on Sunday afternoon as both sides look to get a win to reach their respective goals. No ice is expected, and the result may have lasting affects on both sides.

If France aren't able to beat Ireland this weekend, they'll not only lose out on a Grand Slam, but they could see themselves dropping out of the top three of the IRB World Rankings.

Ireland on the other hand sit in eighth place, their worst since the introduction of the rankings, and cannot go any lower as they have a decent buffer over Tonga.

A win however will see them move to seventh, one place ahead of Argentina, with France slipping down to Fourth. South Africa will then resume their position in the top three. A win by 15 points or more will see Ireland overtake England in sixth place, and France drop down to fith, with Wales benefitting in fourth position.

French coach Phillippe Saint Andre has said that they've enjoyed having the extra time to study their opponents, while Aurelien Rougerie has said the postponement left them with the upper hand.

Since 1972 when they won in Colombes, Ireland have won in France just once, when Brian O'Driscoll scored a hat-trick for a 27-25 victory in 2000. With the home side having won nine consecutive games at Stade de France, dating back four years, they will be odds-on favourites.

Below is a short video where we hear from Rougerie and prop Vincent Debaty, who says that while the rearranged game was disruptive, they will need the all of the home support.

Posted at 11:49 am | 13 comments

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Pretzel March 02, 2012 3:53 pm

I reckon France have the upper hand... Not sure why, perhaps its France ability to be losing a game up to the 75th minute then score a handful of tries for the win, or maybe it's Irelands ability to win a game until the 75th minute and then let in a handful of tries...
(exaggeration I know)

I'm looking forward to the match anyway, and I'm hoping its going to be brilliant!

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LND March 02, 2012 10:31 pm

hmmmm what 5/6 nations have you been watching for the 15 seasons? France are always quick off the mark, they build a lead and then they fall asleep as the other team catch up to make a thrilling last 10 mins, where the French hang on to their lead and win anyway.
This weekend I think Ireland will hang on properly this time in the first 20 mins and then go on to win.

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Pretzel March 02, 2012 10:47 pm

Well it was an exaggeration but France and Italy game didn't exactly show the grandeur French team as we know it...

And the Scotland France game didn't seem to wonderfully French either...

I find most teams have "won" the game with the French right up to the last few minutes then somehow a sneaky try is pulled out the hat.

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LND March 04, 2012 5:45 pm

well you were absolutely right. Well done to France for coming back. What a pile of shit from Ireland.

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Pretzel March 04, 2012 8:49 pm

Well once the words are written it almost tempts fate, so in some respects I started to think they were not going to be anywhere close to the truth...

However, I felt Ireland lost that match through the huge amounts of penalties. I thought France played very lazily to start with and came back too late, but by that point Ireland had given them so many penalties within kicking range they'd made up the score!

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The Claw March 03, 2012 3:06 pm

I reckon France have the upper hand due to ...squad depth.

Examination of France's squad depth compared to Ireland's is ..the.. bottom.. line.

However, if Ireland can harness some of that intensity usually reserved for the chariot, well then...

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Frenchie March 02, 2012 7:48 pm

Based on the way they played at Murrayfield I think it's going to be tough for the French. They need to improve their game. Should be a cracker!

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themull March 03, 2012 1:22 am

As much as I hate to say it France will once again outclass Ireland in Paris...Cannot believe Kidney didnt make a change after the Italy match.. DOC should be out at the very least

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dream13 March 04, 2012 10:46 am

Just a note, this video auto-plays when you load the page, which is somewhat annoying/confusing if you can't work out where its coming from

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Pretzel March 04, 2012 10:09 pm

LOL, it got me too.

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jonesey March 04, 2012 6:54 pm

what happens to France's ranking as they drew?

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chopper09 March 05, 2012 7:19 pm

This video just keeps on playing automatically. You can't watch any other videos without it starting. Can you please fix this. Thanks

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