Six Nations: France HIAs against Ireland under investigation

Schmidt for all his talents has a mediocre recent record in the Six Nations

Schmidt for all his talents has a mediocre recent record in the Six NationsOISIN KENIRY INPHO

O'Driscoll tweeted: "Just because we won with an INCREDIBLE 42 METER drop goal that HIA decision shouldn't get swept under the carpet".

Brunel is not hiding from the challenge ahead and admits that few people will expect a home victory on Saturday.

France was investigated past year after props were changed late in their win over Wales.

However Ireland's away form is patchy, while they carry the favourites tag uncomfortably.

Replacements: Pelissie, Priso, Gomes Sa, Gabrillagues, Tauleigne, Dupont, Belleau, Fall.

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Ireland have got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start courtesy of a dramatic 15-13 victory over France in Paris this evening.

The 21-year-old - who made his Test debut last summer even before he had played for the Leinster senior team - is preferred to the veteran Devin Toner and will partner Iain Henderson in the second row. Lovelace added: "Scotland won't be surprising anyone this season, because their Six Nations rivals will not be taking them lightly after some impressive results from this young exciting side previous year".

Ireland also failed to win their opener the previous year, when they were defending champions, while France, for all their woes, are built on an impressive domestic foundation.

Asked if Ryan is ready for the expected step up in intensity in Paris, Schmidt replied: "Well one of the reasons he's in the team is so we can find out".

"We want to be able to keep building in that position, it's a position we probably don't have huge depth in". "This Six Nations, we have the youngest squad we have had and there is a degree of excitement in that", said the New Zealander, whose side have an average age of 26.5. For the last three visits here, there has been a draw, a two-point win and a one-point defeat.

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"Wales are unusual outsiders at 15/1 to go all the way despite having the experienced British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, this is mainly down to them missing a host of star players through injury and introducing a new brand of free-flowing rugby".

And even if he doesn't turn out to be as good as a Wilkinson or Carter, Brunel believes Jalibert could at least emulate versatile former worldwide half-back Frederik Michalak, a player who made his France debut 16 years ago, just a month after turning 19.

"It says a lot about the management and that we've got some good characters in the team because it looked like it might be deja vu".

"I'd hope that it's not".

Referee Nigel Owens was at pains to clarify that Dupont was being removed because the independent match doctor was instructing that an HIA was needed.

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