Six Nations Rugby Limited has confirmed that it is reviewing "a number of incidents" from Ireland's last-gasp win over France in Paris after suggestions that the French tried to manipulate the Head Injury Assessment protocol.
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.
France's 19-year-old fly-half Matthieu Jalibert endured a debut to forget, staying off the field after being given a head injury assessment following a tackle with Bundee Aki that appeared to damage his knee.
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.
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"I was just happy to get another chance to get victory for the boys", said Sexton after his drop-goal heroics.
Scrum-half Machenaud assumed chief goal-kicking responsibilities from the start of the match, landing two penalties.
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.
"The big thing is how they (France) play as a team".
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Former Ireland Under-20s captain Ryan has always been earmarked as a future Test leader, and now has the chance to cement his promise against a powerful French pack. For us being first up, we can't really predict that. I think people physically underestimate how tough it is to come here and win. "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".
For their part, Ireland will be targeting the young playmaker, although South African-born British and Irish Lions flanker CJ Stander insists there would be nothing unusual about that regardless.
Favourites England are looking to become the first side to win three successive outright titles, but England coach Eddie Jones has labelled Ireland as the team to beat.
"A third straight Six Nations would be impressive but a host of injuries to key players makes this even tougher".
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