It is that time of the year again for Rugby Fans in the Northern Hemisphere. Yes, the Six Nations Championship, the holy grail of Northern Hemisphere Rugby is almost here and, like every year, France v Ireland is a key fixture. So, here we will look at the Ireland v France Six Nations Rugby 2018 Paris Meeting Info.

Ireland v France Six Nations Rugby 2018 Paris Meeting Info

The big game will be played on the opening day of the competition. France has the advantage overall against Ireland as well as in 6 Nations Rugby. They also have the home ground advantage in this game.

Are you ready for the Game Day? If not, get ready and check the Ticket info from here.

Ireland vs France Rugby Schedule 2018

  • Kick-Off: 4.45pm GMT, 5:45 Local Time
  • Date: 3rd February 2018
  • Stadium: Stade De France, Paris
  • Referee: Nigel Owens
  • Live TV: BBC, France 2, TV3
  • Live Stream Online TV

The French Team

The French Team will have a new coach for the tournament with Jacques Brunel replacing Guy Noves. While the final squad is still to be finalized the French should be able to put the right amount youth and experience on to the park for the tournament.

One of the impressive factors working for the French players is size. For example, you have the prop from New Zealand Uini Antonio who weighs in at 145kg while out in the centers you have Mathieu Bastareud who weighs in at 125kg and would be very hard to tackle out there.

The Irish Strength

The Irish rookies are coached by Joe Schmidt and when you look at the players likely to run out on to the Stade De France on February 3 you can see that the Irish will have to rely on experienced hands such as Rob Kearney, Rory Best, and Tommy Bowe to help see them through. That said they will have their work cut out for them stopping those big French forwards and backs.

Encounter at Stade De France

They first played each other at the Stade De France in 1998 when the 6 nations were still the 5 Nations and they have played each other at the Stade De France 10 times with 7 victories for France, 2 for Ireland and 1 draw in 2012.

Total Head To Head

France and Ireland first played each other in Rugby in 1909. They have played each other 96 times with 56 wins to France, 33 wins to Ireland and 7 draws.

Six Nations Rugby Record

The 6 Nations record between them is evenly matched with the home team winning in the majority of cases. 9 victories for France, 7 for Ireland and consecutive draws in 2012 and 2013. The last five results were 3 wins to Ireland, 1 to France and 1 draw.

Ireland v France Six Nations Rugby 2018 Paris Meeting Info Prediction

Though in the last five fight the Irish are slightly ahead than the Les Bleus, with the home ground advantage France perhaps snatch the match from Ireland.

Previous Winner of the Six Nations

The reigning champions in the 6 Nations are England who won back to back titles in 2016 and 2017. They were the first team to do so with former Australian Wallabies Coach Eddie Jones still at the helm and despite some new and inexperienced players in the squad England have an excellent chance of a hat-trick.

Related Topics