Ireland had a disappointing opening weekend of the Six Nations, with Peter O’Mahony’s early red card leading to a surprising defeat to Wales in Cardiff. Andy Farrell’s men will be hoping to bounce back this weekend and we have all the info on where to watch Ireland v France.
When is Ireland v France?
Ireland v France in the Six Nations kicks off at 3pm on Sunday February 14th.
Where is Ireland v France taking place?
The game will take place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. There will be no fans present.
Where to watch Ireland v France?
The game is exclusively live on Virgin Media in Ireland. Coverage from Dublin will kick off at 2pm on Virgin Media One.
How are both teams shaping up for the game?
Ireland fought valiantly but ultimately came up short in their opening game against Wales. Peter O’Mahony’s red card after only 13 minutes left Ireland with a mountain to climb and, despite a late fightback, they ultimately fell to a 21-16 defeat in Cardiff.
France, on the other hand, stormed to a comfortable win against Italy. Star scrumhalf Antoine Dupont contributed to four tries in a 50-10 win in Rome, leaving France top of the table with a try bonus point after week one.
The last time the two teams met was last October in the final round of the 2020 Six Nations. With both teams still in contention for the title, France took a comfortable win - with the 8-point margin almost flattering Ireland.
What's the Ireland team news?
Ireland are without Peter O'Mahony, who has been hit with a three-match suspension by World Rugby after his red card in Cardiff. Johnny Sexton and James Ryan are following the return-to-play protocols after sustaining head injuries in the defeat to Wales.
Leinster back-row Jack Conan has joined the Irish squad in training this week, while Ryan Baird, Ed Byrne and Gavin Coombes continue to train with the squad.
What other games are on this weekend?
There are two games on Saturday afternoon. England and Italy face off at 2:15pm on Virgin Media One, with both teams hoping to get their first wins of the championship.
Later in the day, Scotland play Wales at Murrayfield, with both teams coming off the back of unexpected opening weekend wins. Kick off from Edinburgh is at 4:45pm and the game is live on Virgin Media One and BBC One.