IRELAND v FRANCE BETTING PREVIEW
Ireland managed a solid if unspectacular win in Rome against Italy last weekend. They stepped up a gear in the second half and they really punished Ghiraldini for his ill-discipline as Ireland powered their way to a 26-3 victory. Anyway, they have been in impressive form in recent months as they beat both Australia and Georgia thus making it eight wins in a row.
Ireland have made two changes from the team that started in Rome and both are significant with Sexton and Heaslip returning. Hooker Rory Best has recovered from a concussion and has completed all the return-to-play protocols. The centre pairing of Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw are slowly making a name for themselves as they continue to string together some great performances.
France looked convincing in their 15-8 victory over Scotland last weekend despite they failed to score a try with Camile Lopez slotting over five penalties from six attempts. They have struggled away from home in the Six Nations in recent years, winning just two of their last nine and both those victories also came against the Scots.
Les Blues have made just one change with Eddy Ben Arous handed a debut in place of the injured Alexandre Menini. They have plenty of talent in their first XV including the likes of Wesley Fofana and flying winder Teddy Thomas who are both more than capable of exploiting any defence.
Ireland and France will also be locking horns in the World Cup later this year. France are yet to defeat the Irish since Saint-Andre has been in charge having drawn twice and losing 22-20 last time they met
IRELAND v FRANCE LINEUPSIreland: 15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster), 14. Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), 13. Jared Payne (Ulster), 12. Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht), 11. Simon Zebo (Cork Con/Munster), 10. Johnny Sexton (Racing Metro), 9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster), 8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster), 7. Sean O'Brien (UCD/Leinster), 6. Peter O'Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), 5. Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster) captain, 4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster), 3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), 2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster), 1. Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster)
Replacements, 16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster), 17. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), 18. Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster), 19. Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), 20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster), 21. Isaac Boss (Terenure/Leinster), 22. Ian Madigan (Blackrock/Leinster)
23. Felix Jones (Shannon/Munster)
France: 15. Scott Spedding (Bayonne), 14. Yoann Huget (Toulouse), 13. Mathieu Bastareaud (Toulon), 12. Wesley Fofana (Clermont), 11. Teddy Thomas (Racing Metro), 10. Camille Lopez (Clermont), 9. Rory Kockott (Castres), 8. Damien Chouly (Clermont), 7. Bernard Le Roux (Racing Metro), 6. Thierry Dusautoir (c) (Toulouse), 5. Yoann Maestri (Toulouse), 4. Pascal Papé (Stade Francais), 3. Rabah Slimani (Stade Francais), 2. Guilhem Guirado (Toulon), 1. Eddy Ben Arous (Racing Metro)
Replacements: 16. Benjamin Kayser (Clermont), 17. Uini Atonio (La Rochelle), 18. Vincent Debaty (Clermont), 19. Romain Taofifenua (Toulon), 20. Loann Goujon (La Rochelle), 21. Morgan Parra (Clermont), 22. Rémi Talès (Castres), 23. Rémi Lamerat (Castres)
IRELAND v FRANCE PREVIOUS RESULTS
- 2014: Ireland won 22-20, Saint Denis
- 2013: Ireland drew with France 13-13, Dublin
- 2012: France drew with Ireland 17-17, Saint Denis
- 2011: France won 26-22, Saint Denis
- 2011: France won 19-12, Bordeaux
- 2011: France won 25-22, Dublin
- 2010: France won 33-10, Saint Denis
IRELAND v FRANCE BEST ODDS
|IRELAND|| 1.45 with||Bet £10, win £14.50|
|THE DRAW|| 29.00 with||Bet £10, win £290.00|
|FRANCE||3.60 with||Bet £10, win £36.00|
IRELAND v FRANCE PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Ireland @ 1.45
- Winning Margin: Ireland to win by 7 or more @ 6.50
- Total tries: Under 3.5 @ 1.90
- Man of the Match: Jonathan Sexton @ 5.50
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