SIX NATIONS RUGBY: Ireland snatch dramatic victory in Paris

Nigel Owens

Nigel Owens creates enters the record books tomorrow when he takes charge of the clash between France and Ireland

France coach Jacques Brunel named an experimental-looking side Thursday for his first match in charge since replacing Guy Noves, who was sacked after failing to win any of the four matches in the November test series.

Jalibert, 19, produced a lively performance at the Stade de France but limped off the pitch after half an hour.

Fly-half Matthieu Jalibert and scrum-half Antoine Dupont were forced off with knee injuries and both players were also registered as requiring HIAs.

Six Nations rugby officials plan to investigate the use of head injury assessment protocols to see if France benefited during their tournament-opening loss to Ireland. If he's good enough and he gets a chance then he should grab it.

"I think he'll give us security, he's well built and has a big left boot which can be useful to us".

Leinster won all six of their Pool 3 matches to secure a home quarter-final against 2017 winners Saracens on April 1 at the Aviva Stadium and Munster topped Pool 4 to host RC Toulon in their last-eight match at Thomond Park on March 31.

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Ireland had been in control in Paris thanks to four Sexton penalties until Teddy Thomas found a rare gap in the green defensive wall, jinking past Conor Murray before streaking away to score from 60 metres out. "We're really looking forward to seeing what he delivers on Saturday".

Former Ireland Under-20s captain Ryan has always been earmarked as a future Test leader, and now has the chance to cement his promise against a powerful French pack.

Yes, a teenager, a 19-year-old, will start an worldwide match in one of the most competitive rugby competitions in the world against one of the tournament favourites.

"We know they're going to be physical, we know they've got some fantastic athletes and we're pretty sure that they'll be organised because Jacques gets people organised pretty quickly". I get that it's not Nigel's issue because he has to put the onus on the French doctor and for him to say "Oh yeah, that's a HIA". Dupont was taken off for a HIA, when replays showed the French player seemingly going down with a knee injury.

It's that time of the year when Six Nations Rugby returns to our screens, with five physically intense rounds of competition spread across February and Match.

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