Ireland hosts France in their home ground in Dublin, Aviva Stadium on 10th March. The previous matches between these two teams have been ice crackers, with Ireland winning the latest match. The matches between these two teams have been tight, with both of them depicting a lot of strength, agility, and intelligence. Both the sides will try to give their best since they are number 3 and 4 in the point table. Especially, France Rugby should utilize this opportunity to defeat the Irish and gather some valuable points on the board and make progress in the point table. Get here Ireland v France Rugby 2019 Six Nations game preview, key players, kickoff times.
Ireland v France Rugby 2019 Six Nations Preview
This will not be an easy much for Ireland, but France has had a poor run of shows prior to their win against Scotland. Ireland has faster outside backs and centers compared to French. Their centers are also stronger and will not give more chances to France forwards. France winning more test matches against Ireland shows that they have been incredibly stronger than Ireland in the previous matches.
But Ireland currently is a much changed and revolutionized team that France won’t find it easy to knock down. Besides, Ireland is the current holders is the Grand Slam title, which is more of a proof that they are a strong force in the 2019 rugby six nations championship. Last year in 6 Nations 2018 Paris Meeting, Irish defeat France, this time let’s see what French do. So, my score prediction is Ireland 24-15 France.
What is France vs Ireland Rugby 6 Nations Kickoff time, Dates and Where to Watch?
France and Ireland will meet with each other for 98th time on this Sunday at the home soil of the Irish. France will try to win the game against the defending champion Irish but naturally, it will be a tough task for them to defeat the in-form Ireland at Dublin. Let’s take a look at the Ireland v France Rugby 2019 Six Nations ko time.
- What: Ireland vs France Rugby Six Nations
- When: Sun 10th March
- Where: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
- Kickoff: 15:00 GMT
- Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
- Assistant Referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Karl Dickson (England)
- Television Match Official (TMO): Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
- TV: BBC Sport, ITV, FR2, DMAX
What happened in France v Scotland Rugby Round 3?
France had to win the match against Scotland to keep alive their slim chances in the tournament would have vanished forever. They fought hard to win 27-10 against Scotland, to secure their first win in 2019 rugby six nations Championship. France outclassed and overrun a weakened Scotland team with tries from their two players, Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, and Gregory Alldritt’s brace to see them off to a convincing win over Scotland who put on a horror show.
How was Ireland vs Italy Rugby Result on 24th Feb?
Ireland won their last match against Italy who has back to back defeats in many games. Interestingly, Ireland came from behind to win by 26-16, consequently avoiding an upset that was looming. Both sides had scored two tries in the 1st half but a penalty kick from Tommaso Allan allowed Italy to head to the second half, with the 16-12 advantage. Ireland kept Italy Scoreless in the second half to win the match 26-12 with tries from Earls and Murray.
IRFU vs FFR France Rugby Head to Head Records
Ireland and France have participated in a total of 97 head to head test matches contested against each other. France won a total of 56 matches whereas Ireland has won 34 times and with seven of the matches being drawn. French side so far has saturated their board with 1549 points where the Irish are slightly lag behind them with 1151 points prior to this season’s clash.
Both Sides Key Players for Dublin Matchup
The key players for the Ireland v France Rugby 2019 Six Nations are given below:
Ireland Rugby team’s key players are Jacob Stockdale, Hooker Seán Cronin, Simon Zebo who have many tries between them are also arguably their most valued players along with Jonny Sexton. These players have also been nominated for Player of the year(European), except Johnny Sexton.
Frances key players to look out for ultimately would be Yoann Huget, Romain Ntamack, and Gregory Alldritt. They helped the French to see off Scotland in a convincing victory.
For Ireland, Johnny Sexton has contributed more points and penalty goals than any French player. French has an impressive player M Machenaud who has contributed more points and penalty goals but fewer compared to the Irish player.
Ireland v France Rugby 2019 Six Nations Wrap up
Ireland slumped to a defeat against England losing 20-32, after putting on an unconvincing performance. This loss highlighted some of their frustrations in the game. France defense has lett in many tries compared to Irish defense who are solid. France’s heaviest defeat was inflicted on them by England, thrashing them 44-8. This was the match that the French would not want to be reminded of.
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