One of the big clashes this weekend in the Six Nations final round of the 2020 season sees France and Ireland going at each other in Paris.
Both sides still can win the Six Nations and a win with a bonus point will secure it for either side with a maybe on points difference between England and France who both sits 1 point behind Ireland on the log with 13 points.
England should do the job against Italy with a bonus point which will make this the decider on where the trophy will find its place.
There is only one change to the French side that beat Wales last weekend in a warmup test with Vincent coming in the midfield.
He replace injured Teddy Thomas with Fickou moving to the outside.
Arthur Retiere comes in on the bench as extra cover for this test match.
Good news for France this week was that Bouthier passed his fitness test and will start.
Ireland also just made one change to their side with Henshaw coming in for Ringrose who is injured.
France can win the title if they can match England performance against Italy but that will be hard against a good Ireland side. They will have to look at their second half performances the last couple of test.
In their last 10 internationals the French side have led going into the break but they were only able to hold on to that lead four times in these test matches.
It has seemed that they just hang on in the second half and need to be able to compete for the full 80 minutes if they want to have a say in the outcome of this Six Nations Championship.
Ireland on the other hand comes hard at you in the second hald and their record proofs it with 8 second half wins in their last 10 internationals
The French are good at home and they will come out firing but Ireland will come back at them, so it is a question who will be able to last the full 80 minutes which will decide the winner and maybe the championship as well.
France: Bouthier; Rattez, Vakatawa, Vincent, Fickou; Ntamack, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Haouas, Le Roux, Willemse, Cros, Ollivon (capt), Alldritt.
Replacements: Chat, Gros, Bamba, Taofifenua, Cretin, Serin, Retière, Ramos.
Ireland: Stockdale; Conway, Henshaw, Aki, Keenan; Sexton (capt), Murray; Healy, Herring, Porter; Beirne, Ryan; Doris, Connors, Stander.
Replacements: Heffernan, E Byrne, Bealham, Dillane, O’Mahony, Gibson-Park, R Byrne, Farrell.
|October 31, 2020||10:00 pm||International Rugby|