Brian O'Driscoll brands France HIA controversy 'disgraceful'

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Only if his brain is in his knee should Antoine Dupont have left the Stade De France pitch on an HIA said Brian Moore on commentary for the BBC during Ireland's miracle late win against France on Saturday evening.

"I am very happy that people either think we are not very good, even awful or just rank bad, and regarded as the fifth country in the tournament". "We're really looking forward to seeing what he delivers on Saturday".

France were accused of abusing the HIA system after snatching a late victory over Wales a year ago.

"I think about a third of each team are the same as the starting 15, even in two years with those sort of changes, they do paint a very different picture and certainly the picture is very hard to see in any particular clarity", he said.

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There are great expectations for Ryan, a former Ireland Under-20 captain, with murmurings that he is destined to skipper the senior side one day.

France coach Jacques Brunel named an experimental-looking side Thursday for his first match in charge since replacing Guy Noves, who was sacked after failing to win any of the four matches in the November test series.

The Irish may not be the bookmakers' favourites, yet that victory and three Test wins in November mean Joe Schmidt's side deserve to be the second choice. In last year's championship, their team doctor said that prop Uini Atonio needed to go off for an HIA, allowing renowned scrummager Rabah Slimani to reappear for a series of crucial scrums on the Welsh line.

"This year, we got a chance and we took it".

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However, Sexton knew he had the distance and kicked a dramatic drop-goal from just inside the French half to grab an invaluable away win, just as he had for Schmidt's Leinster at Treviso in September 2012.

"I thought it was pretty disgraceful", said O'Driscoll.

And even if he doesn't turn out to be as good as a Wilkinson or Carter, Brunel believes Jalibert could at least emulate versatile former worldwide half-back Frederik Michalak, a player who made his France debut 16 years ago, just a month after turning 19. It took Sexton just two minutes to take both his and Ireland's tally to 12 points before Machenaud halved the lead once again 10 minutes later. "We're going to try to provide him (Jalibert) with the same conditions and we hope he'll succeed in the same way as those I've just mentioned".

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