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    Six Nations - France fight back to draw in wet Dublin

    France fought back to earn a 13-13 draw with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium but are still in danger of the wooden spoon. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Ireland
    • France
    • FT So a really tough drawn match – neither side will be particularly pleased with that but credit France for the way they came back.
    • FT Michalak told he must keep the ball in play – he kicks high and France knock-on it is an Irish advantage – but they are deep inside their own 22. The advantage expires and France have a chance to attack off an Irish knock-on. The superb Louis Picamoles drives forward and France finally kick towards the corner but it goes beyond the end-line. MATCH OVER!
    • 80' Reddan finally leaves the pitch on a stretcher.
    • 80' Conor Murray has been named the man of the match.
    • 80' This match has been an absolute war. There is a delay while Reddan gets treatment - his injury looks bad. Sean Cronin comes on – there is just four seconds left.
    • 80' France turn the ball over – they may get the last chance. Penalty French at the Irish 10m line. Eoin Reddan is down injured.
    • 80' Ireland with possession just inside the French half. Need to get much closer for the drop goal though.
    • 79' Messy line-out but Ireland maintain possession – a kick into French territory is gathered well by Huget but Jackson does the same off a kick from Michalak.
    • 78' Ireland with a line-out at midfield. Match on the line.
    • 78' Clerc makes a mark inside his 22 after a kick from Jackson. What a dramatic finish in store here.
    • 77' Ireland with a kick into the corner looking for Keith Earls. Vincent Debaty pushes Earls out of touch and Louis Picamoles sweeps up. The referee tells the referee to have a look at it to see if the Debaty push was significant enough for a penalty. The video referee though says no foul and France have a 22 drop out.
    • 77' Brian O'Driscoll comes back on to the roars of the crowd. What a warrior.
    • 76' (13-13) The try is converted and it is Michalak!!! – He has struggled with the boot but he gets the kick when it matters.
    • 75' (13-11) TRY FRANCE!!! France awarded a penalty - Louis Picamoles taps it quickly and his team-mates help to push him just over the line. Replay does not make it clear whether he got there but the try is awarded.
    • 74' Earls and Madigan now playing centre. Murray has moved to right wing and Reddan back at scrum half.
    • 73' France turn the scrum around too – they have been given the put-in now – this game has flipped.
    • 73' Ian Madigan comes on for Marshall to make his debut and Conor Murray is coming back on for O'Driscoll. Ireland lose both their centres. They will have to mix things up. Reddan is going to move to centre.
    • 72' IRELAND HAVE THE TURNOVER!!! The French charged with not recycling after receiving a warning and Ireland will have a scrum. Irish bodies hurting. O'Driscoll and Luke Marshall are both looking groggy. Both centres hurting.
    • 72' Good hands by the French but equally good tackling from Ireland. 5m away.
    • 71' France gather the line-out and have now moved inside the Irish 22.
    • 70' Kearney gathers a ball inside the Irish 22 but then slices his clearance without making much ground. France will have a line-out just outside the Irish 22. Brian O'Driscoll is hobbling.
    • 69' Guilhem Guirado on for France at hooker and Donncha O'Callaghan is on for Ireland instead of Donnacha Ryan.
    • 68' Ireland do defend as France are charged with hanging on. Great work from Luke Marshall forced the penalty.
    • 67' Nice line-out from France as they look to attack. Test for Ireland here.
    • 66' France looking to play with the ball in hand inside of their own 22 and then they win a penalty just outside of that 22. Parra kicks to the Irish 10m line.
    • 64' Eoin Reddan tries a little kick over the top of the French defence from about 35m out but it just can't quite fine the corner and instead goes out of play so France will have a scum at the spot of the kick.
    • 63' Luke Fitzgerald and Eoin Reddan on for Ireland as Fergus McFadden and the impressive Conor Murray off.
    • 63' Sean O'Brien pile drives over Yoann Huget and Paddy Jackson then kicks into touch just inside the French 22.
    • 62' We actually have a scrum that ends in the fly-half's hands!!! Unbelievable. The teams exchange kicks. Conor Murray has just gathered a short kick from Parra.
    • 60' France kick to the halfway line and there is Fergus McFadden but he spills an easy catch and France will have a scrum.
    • 60' Kearney finds touch with another very good kick under pressure - midway between the French 10m line and their 22. Sloppy line-out from France too allows Ireland to put on some pressure.
    • 59' Florian Fritz has come back on for Bastareaud.
    • 58' Parra slices this attempt well wide – let off for Ireland.
    • 57' Penalty France!!! Ireland charged with going over the top – another chance for Parra. Again it is tricky – over 40m out and near the left touchline.
    • 56' The French crowd are being heard a bit more – they are starting to believe and they have the ball inside the Irish half.
    • 55' (13-6) Wonderful kick from Parra – why was he not kicking in the first-half? France back into it.
    • 54' Penalty for France as Mike Ross is charged with popping up at the scrum. Morgan Parra taking over kicking duties. This is from the Irish 10m and a little to the left.
    • 53' Mathieu Bastareaud on for Florian Fritz.
    • 52' Ireland will have a put-in at the their own 10m line after a French knock-on.
    • 52' Sebastien Vahaamahina is on for Yoann Maestri
    • 51' Ireland try to set it up for a Jackson drop goal but he doesn't have enough room so he passes it back to Kearney who finally tries the drop but it is on his weaker right foot and he can't get a proper contact on it.
    • 50' France again can't get a scrum away – free-kick awarded – Conor Murray taps it quickly, finds the French defence asleep and moves into the French 22.
    • 48' Ryan gathers – and O'Brien looks to use the maul to move forward but his pass back to Murray is spilled.
    • 47' Ryan almost nicks the line-out but France get away with it and clear to their 10m line.
    • 46' Good pass by Jackson gives Kearney plenty of time to kick – he finds touch just inside the French 22.
    • 45' Jackson just a little bit short and wide with the penalty. France remain just in this match.
    • 44' France charged with not binding as they look to push the scrum forward and Ireland will be given the put in and that is upgraded to penalty as France collapse at the next scrum. Another chance for Jackson.
    • 42' Mike McCarthy drops the ball at the French 10m line and France will have a scrum.
    • 42' Another good maul from Ireland looks to cause more trouble before France finally get it under control at their 10m line.
    • 41' Picamoles drops the restart but luckily for him it goes backwards.
    • 41' Jackson gets us underway, Michalak still on for France.
    • HT Michalak misses again though and Ireland have a deserved 10 point lead at the break. Much better from Ireland but France struggling again.
    • 40' Mike McCarthy is caught offside though so France will have a penalty to finish the half. Michalak to kick just outside the 22 near the left touchline.
    • 40' Peter O'Mahony gathers off a reduced line-out and then Jackson is so cool beyond his own try-line to shimmy past a man and then boot a kick into touch a good distance outside the 22.
    • 39' Yoann Huget boots a wonderful kick deep inside the Irish 22 and into touch. Ireland will look to defend this and get to half-time.
    • 38' France spilling balls and Ireland kicking better. The hosts have been much the better team in this first-half.
    • 36' France win the line-out and then Donnacha Ryan is then charged with a penalty for tripping. 'Be very careful' the referee warns but does not give a yellow card.
    • 34' Wonderful kick by Luke Marshall from inside his own half into the touch inside the French 22. The Ulster centre has been quiet but that was superb.
    • 33' Same result as Jackson just manages to creep the penalty in similar fashion to the one a couple of minutes ago.
    • 32' Christophe Samson charged with not supporting his body weight as he looks to claim the ball off his feet. This penalty is pretty much at the exact same place as Jackson hit his last penalty.
    • 30' (10-3) Superb kick from Jackson as it curls inside the posts. Jonny Sexton applauds from the stands.
    • 29' Ireland looking to maul just inside the French half and they are awarded a penalty at the French 10m line. Jackson will go for goal again. Another tough kick though to the right.
    • 28' (7-3) Michalak splits the posts this time and France are on the board.
    • 27' France get the drive off at the scrum – it collapses and France have a penalty. The lottery of the scrum in this Six Nations continues.
    • 26' Cian Healy warned not to engage early off the scrum.
    • 26' Looks like France are going to maul forward but Ireland attack back and then force Dusautoir into a knock-on.
    • 25' Michalak with a risky kick across to Clerc – it works out but hearts in mouth a bit. France though have a line-out in Irish territory.
    • 24' Ryan now blocks a kick from Parra – he has been immense so far.
    • 23' Decent effort from Jackson but he pulls it just wide.
    • 22' Donnacha Ryan winning his line-out battles today. Ireland manage to win their own Garryown as Heaslip shows great hands to gather a knock back. Ireland now win a penalty just beyond the French 10m line as France stray offside. Long one but kickable.
    • 21' At the second attempt the referee decides to give a free-kick to France.
    • 20' The scrum fails to develop – even the referee looks confused.
    • 19' France win the line-out but it is not straight so Ireland will have a scrum at the French 22. Big roar from the Dublin crowd.
    • 18' Ireland now attacking with ball in hand before Conor Murray kicks a low hard kick to touch inside the French 22.
    • 16' Michalak misses!! Screws it wide, poor attempt. Makes you wonder why Parra did not take it.
    • 15' The French scrum overpowers the Irish and the referee awards a penalty. Just at the 22 to the left.
    • 14' Rory Best not straight with his throw into the line-out so now France will have a scrum at the Irish 22.
    • 13' Yoann Huget struggles to deal with a long ball from Kearney in the wet but he recovers well to kick to the Irish 22'.
    • 12' (7-0) Superb kick from the corner from Jackson to add to the try. Great start for Ireland.
    • 11' (5-0) TRY FOR IRELAND!!! Ryan gathers the line-out and then the maul powers to the line superbly again and it is captain Jamie Heaslip who gets over in the corner.
    • 10' Brian O'Driscoll with a low kick into the 22' down the left wing. With Earls lurking Parra has no choice but to kick it out to touch.
    • 9' Superb drive off a line-out from Ireland – from halfway to just 5m outside of the 22.
    • 8' Struggling to get this scrum off…and after a couple of attempts, France are then awarded a free-kick. A theme in this Six Nations – especially today so far.
    • 6' Ireland win the line-out but France stall an Irish maul and France are awarded the scrum.
    • 5' Conor Murray dinks the ball up field – France can't deal with the bounce and Murray can kick again. The French are forced to kick into touch inside their own 22. Attacking chance for Ireland.
    • 4' Ireland defend the line-out well and kick up field. A lot of kicking already and that speaks to the wet conditions.
    • 3' Earls fails to deal a high kick in the slippy conditions. France move the ball left and seem to have men over but Florian Fritz tries a little kick instead which doesn't really work out and goes into touch.
    • 2' Donnacha Ryan wins a nice clean line-out for Ireland – first test for that unit today.
    • 1' Frederic Michalak gets us underway…
    • 17:56 French anthem belted out. Ireland have two anthems to come of course because they are at home. Amhrán na bhFiann and then Ireland's Call.
    • 17:52 The players are out in Dublin and the rain is absolutely pelting it down.
    • 17:50 Fly-half Frederic Michalak will start for France. Michalak's return is one of three changes made to the team who lost 23-13 in England. With Morgan Parra confirmed in the scrum half position for the Dublin game, France will start with a third different pairing of halves as they look for inspiration and experience. Centre Florian Fritz is back in the number 13 position at the expense of Mathieu Bastareaud and Maxime Medard starts on the left wing.
    • 17:45 Ireland have named Paddy Jackson at fly-half for the second successive game. Fergus McFadden has replaced Craig Gilroy, Mike McCarthy also comes into the team and Cian Healy is back from suspension. Munster prop Stephen Archer could make his debut off the bench.
    • 17:40 French team: 15-Yoann Huget, 14-Vincent Clerc, 13-Florian Fritz, 12-Wesley Fofana, 11-Maxime Medard, 10-Frederic Michalak, 9-Morgan Parra, 8-Louis Picamoles, 7-Thierry Dusautoir, 6-Yannick Nyanga, 5-Yoann Maestri, 4-Christophe Samson, 3-Nicolas Mas, 2-Benjamin Kayser, 1-Thomas Domingo. Replacements: 16-Guilhem Guirado, 17-Vincent Debaty, 18-Luc Ducalcon, 19-Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20-Antonie Claassen, 21-Maxime Machenaud, 22-Francois Trinh-Duc, 23-Mathieu Bastareaud
    • 17:35 The Irish team today: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Fergus McFadden, 13-Brian O'Driscoll, 12-Luke Marshall, 11-Keith Earls, 10-Paddy Jackson, 9-Conor Murray, 8-Jamie Heaslip (captain), 7-Sean O'Brien, 6-Peter O'Mahony, 5-Donnacha Ryan, 4-Mike McCarthy, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Rory Best, 1-Cian Healy. Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-David Kilcoyne, 18-Stephen Archer, 19-Donncha O'Callaghan, 20-Iain Henderson, 21-Eoin Reddan, 22-Ian Madigan, 23-Luke Fitzgerald.
    • 17:30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the Aviva Stadium as Ireland take on France. Who would have thought these two teams would only have one win between them at this stage?
  • Summary

    Ireland versus France
    Heaslip 11’ Tries Picamoles 74’
    Jackson 12’ Conversions Michalak 76’
    Jackson 30’, 33’ Penalties Michalak 27’, Parra 54’

Live Team Line-Up

  • Ireland

    Manager: Declan Kidney

    On the Field

    • Healy
    • Best
    • Ross
    • McCarthy
    • Ryan Substitution Out (68′)
    • O'Mahony Substitution Out (77′)
    • O'Brien
    • Heaslip Try
    • Murray Substitution In (72′) Substitution Out (76′)
    • Jackson
    • Earls
    • Marshall Substitution Out (72′)
    • O'Driscoll Substitution In (76′) Substitution Out (72′)
    • McFadden Substitution Out (63′)
    • Kearney


    • O'Callaghan Substitution In (68′)
    • Reddan Substitution In (63′) Substitution Out (81′)
    • Fitzgerald Substitution In (63′)
    • Cronin Substitution In (81′)
    • Archer
    • Madigan Substitution In (72′)
    • Henderson Substitution In (77′)
    • Kilcoyne





  • France

    Manager: Philippe Saint-André

    On the Field

    • Domingo Substitution Out (66′)
    • Kayser Substitution Out (68′)
    • Mas
    • Samson
    • Maestri Substitution Out (51′)
    • Nyanga Substitution Out (66′)
    • Dusautoir
    • Picamoles Try
    • Parra
    • Michalak
    • Médard
    • Fofana
    • Fritz Substitution In (71′) Substitution Out (68′)
    • Clerc
    • Huget


    • Debaty Substitution In (66′)
    • Guirado Substitution In (68′)
    • Ducalcon
    • Trinh-Duc
    • Bastareaud Substitution In (68′) Substitution Out (71′)
    • Machenaud
    • Claassen Substitution In (66′)
    • Vahaamahina Substitution In (51′)





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  1. Hard luck on Ireland, Murray shouldn't have went­ off, What was Kidney thinking of like, He was playing­ brilliant and he was the leader of the team. When­ Murray went off the whole team fell apart.

    From Roisin Lynch, on Sat 9 Mar 19:23
  2. Ref is so full of himself ~ he takes so long to make­ decisions so that the camera is on him for a while­ longer!

    From Chris, on Sat 9 Mar 18:47
  3. C'mon Ireland!!!!

    From zanzopiop, on Sat 9 Mar 18:40

    From , on Sat 9 Mar 18:35
  5. The way France have played this six nations, I think­ the French squad decided they want to sack the manager­ before it started

    From , on Sat 9 Mar 18:33
  6. cmon ireland stick it up the frogs

    From Peter, on Sat 9 Mar 18:27
  7. Allee la france

    From Daniel, on Sat 9 Mar 18:06
  8. So want somebody to say hey Steve, you look fat in­ those clothes, fiver says he'd cry and run away, or­ put a big jumper on

    From Mark, on Sat 9 Mar 18:05
  9. Union is going down the nick may as well just play­ league rules .or pick 15 forwards The French ­ running game was great they dont look like they want to­ know now . .....I watch a few minutes and its me­ finished

    From Rissoles, on Sat 9 Mar 18:02
  10. Come on Ireland destroy the french

    From John B, on Sat 9 Mar 18:01
  11. 7-0 Ireland... this is feeling so good. I so much want­ those Frogs to lose this match.

    From Glen, on Sat 9 Mar 17:32
  12. this is supposed to be Live Ireland scored try­ and converted 15 min ago and not updated yet Live ­ me #$%$

    From tombawn, on Sat 9 Mar 17:21
  13. Come on IRELAND

    From michael, on Sat 9 Mar 17:19
  14. Why is this site so poor in updating the score to keep­ up with the commentary?

    From CHRISTOPHER, on Sat 9 Mar 17:17
  15. Is it me or does Steve Walsh look more and more like­ tool every game.

    From Mark, on Sat 9 Mar 17:15
  16. TRY IRELAND Heaslip.

    From Eoghan, on Sat 9 Mar 17:15
  17. 100 percent welsh, but f###ing love the Irish team,­ c'mon boys le wooden spoon needed. ( ps France you­ know your good........ know.......)

    From Mark, on Sat 9 Mar 17:13
  18. Comment hidden due to its low rating. Show

    Two things -- who were those two corpses shaking hands­ with the team and secondly ---- why is one end of the­ ground missing? Could they not afford to build the 4th­ stand?

    From Mapahead, on Sat 9 Mar 16:58
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