Schmidt for all his talents has a mediocre recent record in the Six NationsOISIN KENIRY INPHO
07 February, 2018, 02:02
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has named 11 British and Irish Lions players in his starting line-up for this weekend's Six Nations opener against France as they attempt to claim just their second victory in Paris in 17 years.
Injuries:France lost their debutant fly-half Matthieu Jalibert after 30 minutes, the 19-year-old hobbling off with a knee injury after a collision in contact with Bundee Aki.
Matthieu Jalibert and Antoine Dupont were both forced off with knee injuries but were registered as requiring head injury assessments. It was hard to clear our ball a number of times but we didn't appear to be going to get much of a chance there.
Maxime Machenaud will partner Jalibert at half-back but Brunel insisted that choice was more about the Racing 92 scrum-half's current form than to offset his teenage partner's inexperience.
When asked what he thought of before kicking the winning goal, the fly-half said: "I went back to many years ago when we played Treviso away and I was in an nearly identical position and just flashed back to that". "But I hope we've built up enough team spirit to be combative".
"He's very sure of himself under the opponent's kicks, which will be very useful against Ireland", said Brunel, adding that Palis might take the longer penalty kicks.
"We know they're going to be physical, we know they've got some fantastic athletes and we're pretty sure that they'll be organised because Jacques gets people organised pretty quickly".
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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 global half-back Frederik Michalak, a player who made his France debut 16 years ago, just a month after turning 19.
"I thought it (the drop goal) was a little short". Had Dupont come off with a non-head or blood injury, the Racing 92 player would not have been allowed back on.
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