Ireland Ready For French Test

Ireland face a do or die encounter with France at the Aviva stadium on Saturday in their fourth game of the 2019 Six Nations campaign writes Ollie Duffy.

Joe Schmidt’s side welcome CJ Stander and Gary Ringrose back into the fold after eye-socket and hamstring injuries respectively.

Team captain, Rory Best returns to the starting line-up after being rested in the Italy game, while Sean Cronin has been left out of the squad.

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Rory Best is joined by Cian Healy and Tadgh Furlong in the Irish front row. Schmidt going with a second row of James Ryan and Iain Henderson.

A back row of Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier and CJ Stander completes the Irish pack.

As expected, Conor Murray and Jonathan Sexton make up the half-back partnership for Ireland, while Bundee Aki and Garry Rinrose start in midfield.

No surprises in the back three as Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale have been selected to start on the wings and Rob Kearney starts at full-back.

Ireland will be looking for a win to stay in contention for the Six Nations Championship as they currently sit in third position with nine points.

France will be looking to continue their winning ways after victory over Scotland in their last game as they travel to Dublin.

With more quality across the 15 and that winning effective experience, Ireland should be able to produce a victory, the openness of the game could see both sides with try scoring bonus points.

Verdict: Ireland

Elsewhere in the Six Nation, England welcome Conor O’Shea’s Italy to Twickenham while table-toppers, Wales, travel to Edinburgh to take on Scotland