France v Ireland

Date:

Venue: Stade de France, Paris

Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

Attendance: 80,000

France v Ireland Match Reports

France trailed Ireland 6-17 at the interval thanks to a brace of tries from Irish winger Tommy Bowe. However, Les Bleus fought their way back into the game in the second half and eventually tied the match 17-17, thereby denying the Irish a rare win in Paris. A selection of match reports is listed below:

France v Ireland Match Statistics

France (6) 17
Tries: Fofana
Penalties: Parra 4

Ireland (17) 17
Tries: Bowe 2
Penalties: Sexton
Conversions: Sexton 2

France Team Line-up

Backs: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Parra

Forwards: 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 3 Nicolas Mas, 4 Pascal Pape, 5 Yoann Maestri, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 7 Julien Bonnaire, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy

Replacements: 16 William Servat, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Lionel Nallet, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Julien Dupuy, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Maxime Mermoz

Ireland Team Line-up

Backs: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Keith Earls, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Andrew Trimble, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray

Forwards: 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best, 3 Mike Ross, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 5 Paul O'Connell (captain), 6 Stephen Ferris, 7 Sean O'Brien, 8 Jamie Heaslip

Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Tom Court, 18 Donnacha Ryan, 19 Peter O'Mahony, 20 Eoin Reddan, 21 Ronan O'Gara, 22 Fergus McFadden

 
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