French teen to debut in Six Nations rugby

French teen to debut in Six Nations rugby

French teen to debut in Six Nations rugby

Leinster Rugby and Munster Rugby's European Rugby Champions Cup exploits have been rewarded by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, whose selection for the Six Nations Championship clash with France on Saturday is dominated by the two sides. Both players are getting their first caps.

Although the Bordeaux starlet is untested at this level, Ireland's back row will have to keep their wits about them to keep the teenage sensation under wraps inside the Stade de France.

An opener against France in Paris is probably not what Joe Schmidt would have wanted ideally, particularly given the fact that it's hard to know what sort of French side they will face with Les Bleus now embroiled in off-pitch controversy after the sacking of Guy Novès.

"He's got his bearings".

"Now he's settled in the group and knew he was challenging for a start, or a least a place on the bench".

"Of course, he'll have to prepare a bit because I'm sure the Irish will have looked at the videos and asked 'who's this guy, what can he do?'" However, the inclusion of Matthieu Jalibert, the 19-year-old prodigy who has been playing professional rugby for three months, has potentially thrown a spanner in the works.

They travel to Cardiff where they'll meet an injury ravaged Wales‚ who are missing several first team regulars.

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"He deserves his position".

Experienced scrum-half Machenaud will take the conversions and penalties.

To that end, he's picked Geoffrey Palis at fullback, Arthur Iturria to lock his second test, and moved Kevin Gourdon from flanker to No. 8 for the first time at worldwide level. I guess it's news to us because in South Africa, we don't see that. Devin Toner has been a favourite under Schmidt, but it's becoming clear now just how much he rates Ryan.

"They've had incredible performances and then followed by one's lacking in intensity, lacking in focus and it just seems as if the board up there have decided that enough is enough and they're going to move it on".

Brunel has gone for a relatively inexperienced side for Saturday's encounter.

Here's the team in full. We also have the experience of Fergus McFadden who is also a pretty accomplished goal-kicker too.

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