Six Nations organisers: Ireland v France HIA incidents under review

Jacob Stockdale

The Six Nations is back with a bang this February and live streaming means you can catch every match. And Vakatawa could have easily taken him out in the air, yellow card, kick at goal.

"We've chosen him there because he has a bit more assurance, a bit more experience at worldwide level than Marco Tauleigne", Brunel said, adding that he will use Tauleigne's "power" during the course of the match.

The upshot was that France sent Maxime Machenaud, a renowned kicker, back into the fray, a move which also ensured they did not have to play the remainder of the match without a specialist scrum-half. He's been here for two weeks now, we know his qualities, especially against the Irish kicking game.

Ireland's first away game is France - who've been in a bit of disarray recently, not the side they once were - so I think it offers a really decent opportunity for them to win. We've talked about the injuries that England have.

Along the way they have also successfully incorporated young talent‚ as was evidenced with their two-nil Test series win in Argentina in June past year.

Replacement scrumhalf Antoine Dupont was also injured. I guess it's news to us because in South Africa, we don't see that. The world class half-back pairing of Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray, with nearly 130 caps between them, have far more experience than their French counterparts, Maxime Machenaud, 31 caps, and 19-year-old Matthieu Jalibert who is making his debut.

England, of course, have been crowned champions in the past two years but if any side is going to deny them an unprecedented hat-trick of titles, it is likely to be Ireland. For the last three visits here, there has been a draw, a two-point win and a one-point defeat.

Because I can't deal with the "Ja, that's what happens when you play an inexperienced flyhalf" comments if he doesn't.

"I remember it well, it was England against Italy up at Twickenham - it was my first big match really, I'd done a couple of internationals before but I don't think you become an global referee until you've refereed a Six Nations game or a Rugby Championship game - or back then, a Tri Nations games". The match doctor, astonishingly, was French, so the public thirst for conspiracy may yet linger but the doctor was independent and free from any influence by the France camp. With the clock deep into the red, the Irish stand-off let fly with a drop-goal attempt from 44 metres and the ball just did enough to clear the crossbar.



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