JAMES LOWE believes that Ireland have what it takes to topple France in Dublin this Saturday.
Ireland swept aside Wales in the opening game of this year's Six Nations, and it was Lowe who had a hand in the win with a try.
The 30-year-old scored Ireland's third try against Wales in the opening round of the tournament. The Leinster winger reacted quicker to a loose pass and raced into open space to ensure Ireland went into half-time with a comfortable lead.
Ireland went onto win 34-10 against Gatland's side and by winning it meant that Ireland ended a 10-year away hoodoo in Wales.
Ireland now are looking ahead to a game against France in Dublin this Saturday. Ireland were pipped to the Six Nations title by France last year. France went onto to win the Championship and the Grand Slam.
Andy Farrell's side since then have become the number one ranked side in the world and will be in a confident mood ahead of the crunch clash this weekend.
Lowe believes that Ireland are a fitter team than the France team and says Ireland have the skills to down the champions in Dublin.
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“We think we’re fitter. If we can get around them, work around into holes and hopefully get a couple of weak shoulders and stay on top of them, it sounds very easy to do but obviously teams struggle to do it. We’re just going to go out and play our rugby and see how we go," said Lowe to the media this week
It’s a game that pits the top two teams in the world rankings against each other, high-flying Ireland heading into the clash fresh from a first win in Cardiff in 10 years, while France will be looking to improve on their showing against a spirited Italian side in Rome.
“We know it’s a different French beast (this week), the France that we know is going to turn up and we’re prepping for that and can’t wait for the opportunity to test ourselves against the team that won the Grand Slam last year.
“Their 9-10 combo is scary, their back row is world class, a midfield that’s pretty dangerous and a back three that would put the s******* up most teams.
“Individually they’ve got some pretty good firepower, so hopefully they don’t string it all together.”
Ireland's game against France starts at 14.15 this Saturday.
The game will be shown live on RTE 2, with coverage starting at 1:15 pm.
It will also be available to stream for FREE via RTE Player.