Sat 31 Oct 2020 | 09:45

RECAP: France v Ireland

RECAP: France v Ireland
Sat 31 Oct 2020 | 09:45
RECAP: France v Ireland
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READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our coverage of the Six Nations Round Five match between France and Ireland in Paris.

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Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray have been the benchmark for many as the standout halfback partnership in Test rugby over the last decade but on Saturday they will face a challenge to that mantle as they come up against the young pretenders of France – Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack.

Sexton and Murray will start at flyhalf and scrumhalf respectively for the 61st time at the Stade de France – 63rd if you include two Tests for the British and Irish Lions – whilst for Toulouse duo Dupont and Ntamack, it will be just their 11th pairing.

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Teams:

France: 15 Anthony Bouthier, 14 Vincent Rattez, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Arthur Vincent, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Gregory Alldritt, 7 Charles Ollivon (captain), 6 Francois Cros, 5 Paul Willemse, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 3 Mohamed Haouas, 2 Julien Marchand, 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Jean-Baptiste Gros, 18 Demba Bamba, 19 Romain Taofifenua, 20 Dylan Cretin, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Arthur Retitere, 23 Thomas Ramos.

Ireland: 15 Jacob Stockdale, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Hugo Keenan, 10 Johnny Sexton (captain), 9 Conor Murray, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Will Connors, 6 Caelan Doris, 5 James Ryan, 4 Tadhg Beirne, 3 Andrew Porter, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Ed Byrne, 18 Finlay Bealham, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Peter O’Mahony, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Ross Byrne, 23 Chris Farrell.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Karl Dickson (England)
TMO: Luke Pearce (England)

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PV: 7
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