Ireland vs France Six Nations preview

Ireland vs France Six Nations preview

Ireland takes on France in the second round of the Six Nations this weekend.  

The game has all the hallmarks to be a classic and will go a long way to deciding the winners of the eventual tournament.  

Ireland was beaten by the French team last year and will be looking to make amends in Dublin this coming Saturday. 

The winner of the game will more than likely will go onto the win rugby tournament, but a win could hand either side a major boost ahead of the World Cup, which is being held in France next year.  

Here is a full preview of the game to come. 

Mack Hansen scored a try just seven seconds after the restart (Image: Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Where's it on?

Aviva Stadium

When is it on?

2.15pm Feburary

What TV Channel is it on ?

ITV1, with coverage beginning at 1:25pm

RTE 2 and the RTE Player. Coverage starts at 1.15pm

What time does coverage start

Coverage starts at 1.15pm

What is Ireland's record against France like?

Since 1909, France and Ireland have played each other in a total of 101 test matches, with France winning 59 times, Ireland winning 35 times and seven matches drawn.

Recent results when the sides have played each other

2022: France won 30-24 in Paris
2021: France won 13-15 in Dublin
2020: France won 35-27 in Paris
2020: Ireland won 26-14 in Dublin
2019: Ireland won 13-15- in Paris

What happened the last time the sides met in the 2022 Six Nations?

France survived a second-half comeback from Ireland to earn a 30-24 victory in Paris.

Who are the match officials ?

Referee: Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Carley (RFU)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Way (RA)
TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZR)

Teams for the game


The back three of Hugo Keenan at fullback, Mack Hansen, and James Lowe on the wings remains unchanged.

Stuart McCloskey and Garry Ringrose start in the centre once more

Johnny Sexton captains the side from 10, while Conor Murray starts again beside him in the other half back role.

Andrew Porter, Finlay Bealham, and Rob Herring start in the front row

Tadhg Beirne and James Ryan start behind them

Finally, the side is the completed with the same back row of Caelan Doris, Josh van der Flier and Peter O’Mahony.

The subs bench consists of the likes of Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Tom O’Toole, Iain Henderson, Jack Conan, Craig Casey, Ross Byrne and Bundee Aki.

Ireland team

Fullback: 15. Hugo Keenan
Winger:14. Mack Hansen
Centres: 12. Stuart McCloskey, 13. Garry Ringrose
Winger: 11. James Lowe
Outhalf: 10. Johnny Sexton Scrum half: 9. Conor Murray
Front Row: 1. Andrew Porter, 2. Rob Herring 3. Finlay Bealham
Second Row: 4. Tadhg Beirne, 5. James Ryan
Back row: 6. Peter O’Mahony, 7. Josh van der Flier , 8. Caelan Doris

Replacements Ronan Kelleher 17. Dave Kilcoyne 18. Tom O’Toole, 19. Iain Henderson, 20. Jack Conan, 21. Conor Murray , 22. Ross Byrne, 23. Bundee Aki.


France have named the same team that narrowly overcome Italy in the opening round 

Head coach Fabien Galthie has selected a back three of Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, and Ethan Dumortier. 

Gael Fickou and Yoram Moefana start in the centre 

Antoine Dupont captains the side from scrum half and is joined in the half backs by Romain Ntamack, who starts as 10 

Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, and Uini Atonio start in the front row, Thibaud Flament, Paul Willemse starts behind them in the second row. 

Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon, and Gregory Alldritt complete the starting 15 from the back row  


Fullback: 15. Thomas Ramos

Winger: 14. Damian Penaud

Centres: 13. Gael Fickou, 12. Yoram Moefana

Winger: 11. Ethan Dumortier

Out half: Romain Ntamack, Scrum half: Antoine Dupont (capt)

Front row: 1. Cyril Baille, 2. Julien Marchand, 3. Uini Atonio

Second Row: 4. Thibaud Flament, 5. Paul Willemse

Back Row: 6. Anthony Jelonch, 7. Charles Ollivon, 8. Gregory Alldritt.

Replacements: 16. Gaetan Barlot, 17. Reda Wardi, 18. Sipili Falatea, 19. Romain Taofifenua, 20. Francois Cros, 21. Sekou Macalou, 22. Baptiste Couilloud, 23. Matthieu Jalibert.