Ireland v France

Date:

Venue: Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Attendance: 51,700

Ireland v France Match Reports

Man-of-the-match Conor Murray scored the game's only try as Ireland beat France 19-9 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. A closely contested first half ended 7-6 in Ireland's favour, with Murray's converted try cancelling out Camille Lopez' two earlier penalty kicks. Johnny Sexton marked his successful return with two penalty kicks and a drop-goal in the second half to extend the Irish lead. Camille Lopez kicked his third penalty in the 74th minute to bring France within a converted score, but substitute Paddy Jackson landed his own penalty kick shortly afterwards to seal a deserved Irish victory. A selection of match reports is listed below:

Ireland v France - Match Highlights

Ireland v France - Match Stats

Ireland: (7) 19
Try: Murray (30')
Conversion: Sexton (31')
Penalty: Sexton (46', 55'), Jackson (76')
Drop-goal: Sexton (50')

France: (6) 9
Penalty: Lopez (12', 19', 74')

Man of The Match: Conor Murray (Ireland)

Ireland v France - Team Line-ups

Ireland Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Jack McGrath
  • 2 Rory Best (CAPTAIN)
  • 3 Tadhg Furlong
  • 4 Donnacha Ryan
  • 5 Devin Toner
  • 6 CJ Stander
  • 7 Sean O'Brien
  • 8 Jamie Heaslip

Backs

  • 9 Conor Murray
  • 10 Johnny Sexton
  • 11 Simon Zebo
  • 12 Robbie Henshaw
  • 13 Garry Ringrose
  • 14 Keith Earls
  • 15 Rob Kearney

Replacements

  • 16 Niall Scannell
  • 17 Cian Healy
  • 18 John Ryan
  • 19 Iain Henderson
  • 20 Peter O'Mahony
  • 21 Kieran Marmion
  • 22 Paddy Jackson
  • 23 Andrew Trimble

France Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Cyril Baille
  • 2 Guilhem Guirado (CAPTAIN)
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • 5 Yoann Maestri
  • 6 Bernard Le Roux
  • 7 Kevin Gourdon
  • 8 Louis Picamoles

Backs

  • 9 Baptiste Serin
  • 10 Camille Lopez
  • 11 Noa Nakaitaci
  • 12 Gael Fickou
  • 13 Remi Lamerat
  • 14 Yoann Huget
  • 15 Scott Spedding

Replacements

  • 16 Christopher Tolofua
  • 17 Uini Atonio
  • 18 Eddy Ben Arous
  • 19 Julien Le Devedec
  • 20 Charles Ollivon
  • 21 Maxime Machenaud
  • 22 Henry Chavancy
  • 23 Djibril Camara
 
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