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O'Driscoll Says HIA Controversy In French Game 'A Disgrace'

07 February 2018, 01:16 | Susie Olson

Six Nations: Sam Warburton, Billy Vunipola, George North and Sean O'Brien star in 'injured XV'

Will Greenwood predicts Ireland to win Six Nations

Replacements: Adrien Pelissie, Dany Priso, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Marco Tauleigne, Antoine Dupont, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall.

Brian O'Driscoll believes that Ireland's victory over France in the Six Nations raises the issue of manipulation of head injury assessments, and says that World Rugby needs to act.

Included in the Leinster contingent is lock James Ryan, who will make his Six Nations debut on Saturday.

Follow our live blog of France v Ireland (4.45pm kick-off) on RTÉ Online and the RTÉ News Now App, or listen to commentary from Michael Corcoran and Donal Lenihan on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport.

"We want to be able to keep building in that position. We probably got out of jail a little bit", the 31-year-old said.

Schmidt explained: "We felt he went really well against Montpellier and we are looking forward to seeing what he will deliver".

Schmidt also brought back a couple of players who missed the three Test wins last November.

Will Greenwood predicts Ireland to win Six Nations
Sexton's injury-time drop goal heroics snatches victory for Ireland

Josh van der Flier gets the nod at openside flanker in the absence of the injured Sean O'Brien, while Luke McGrath is on the bench to cover scrumhalf ahead of Kieran Marmion.

As Wales prepare to host resurgent Scotland in Cardiff for the Six Nations opener today, Welsh star Sam Warburton is expecting the most competitive edition of Europe's elite worldwide rugby competition.

Ireland's biggest scare of the first half came when they found themselves pinned back by their own goal-line after young fly-half Matthieu Jalibert charged down the pitch to chase a booming kick from France prop Rabah Slimani. Schmidt, though, hoped for better tomorrow.

"For the first time in a while though we've seen a number of punters backing Scotland to go all the way - testament to an impressive 2017 that saw them beat Ireland, Wales and Australia with Gregor Townsend's expensive brand of rugby". "Everything is happening to me at lightning speed", said Jalibert.

"I think this is a big issue and lots of players are in agreement that that's unacceptable because it's us this weekend, Wales weren't so lucky previous year". Nigel Owens, the referee, said he had to abide by the decision made by the match doctor.

It didn't take Ireland long to get things going as early bursts from wingers Keith Earls and Jacob Stockdale took the visitors deep into French territory.

Williams is the only new cap named in Ireland's starting XV by head coach Adam Griggs.

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