This weekend, Ireland will play the 2022 Six Nations champions. Last weekend, Ireland beat Wales. How to watch Ireland vs France in the UK?
Ireland is the favorite to win the Six Nations tournament in 2023, and they got off to a great start when they beat Wales 24–10 in their own country. But this weekend, Andy Farrell’s team will play France, who won the tournament in 2022. This could be one of the toughest games of the whole tournament.
France was surprised by how close their first-round match was. The team’s head coach, Fabien Galthie, wants to be the first men’s team to win back-to-back Grand Slams. However, France’s 29-24 win over Italy might have shaken up the team a bit.
The 2022 champions are missing several key players because of injuries, but they hope to quickly get back on track this weekend when they play the world number one.
Farrell said before the game, “I think everyone knows what’s coming up next week. We know what a great team they are and how hard it will be to play against them. When there is a big game and the crowd knows they have to support the team, they are the best in the world. “There’s no question about it.”
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When is Ireland vs France?
On February 11, 2023, at 2:15 p.m. GMT, the game between the two teams is set to start. The game will take place at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The stadium can hold up to 51,700 people, and this weekend, the stadium will be full to capacity.
How to watch Ireland vs France?
This year, ITV and BBC are both covering the event. Ireland’s game against France will be shown on ITV. Brian O’Driscoll, Jonny Wilkinson, and Jill Douglas will be there to talk about the game. The game will be shown on ITV1 starting at 1:25 p.m., and fans who can’t watch on TV can sign up for a free account on ITVX to stream the game.
Team news: Ireland vs France
The biggest worry was about Johnny Sexton’s age, and the 37-year-old had to leave the field with nine minutes left because his leg was dead. The fly-half scored 12 points in Cardiff, and his coach, Andy Farrell, doesn’t worry about his age: “We don’t have any doubts about his age. I told him over and over again in the last two weeks that he has no excuse and needs to do his best. Even though he hasn’t played in a long time, we’re trying to get him to where he’ll be at his best. “How he handles that, how he runs a team, as in how he makes the team feel right and then goes out and performs. His goal-kicking was great, which says a lot about who he is.
Ireland squad: Forwards – Ryan Baird, Finlay Bealham, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Gavin Coombes, Caelan Doris, Tadgh Furlong, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson, Rob Herring, Ronan Kelleher, Dave Kilcoyne, Joe McCarthy, Peter O’Mahony, Tom O’Toole, Andrew Porter, Cian Prendergast, James Ryan, Dan Sheehan, Josh van der Flier.
Backs – Bundee Aki, Ross Byrne, Craig Casey, Jack Crowley, Keith Earls, Jamison Gibson Park, Mack Hansen, Hugo Keenan, Jordan Larmour, James Lowe, Stuart McCloskey, Conor Murray, Jimmy O’Brien, Jamie Osborne, Garry Ringrose, Johnny Sexton, Jacob Stockdale.
France squad: Forwards – Gregory Alldritt, Uini Atonio, Cyril Baille, Gaetan Barlot, Teddy Baubigny, Alexandre Becognee, Paul Boudehent, Yacouba Camara, Bastien Chalureau, Dylan Cretin, Francois Cros, Sipili Falatea, Thibaud Flament, Mohamed Haouas, Anthony Jelonch, Thomas Jolmes, Thomas Lavault, Sekou Macalou, Julien Marchand, Charles Ollivon, Dany Priso, Romain Taofifenua, Reda Wardi, Paul Willemse.
Backs – Pierre-Louise Barassi, Louise Bielle-Biarrey, Romain Buros, Leo Coly, Julien Delbouis, Ethan Dumortier, Antoine Dupont, Gael Fickou, Emilien Gailleton, Antoine Hastoy, Matthieu Jalibert, Melvyn Jaminet, Nolann Le Garrec, Marrthis Lebel, Yoram Moefana, Romain Ntamack, Damien Penaud, Thomas Ramos.