France investigated over HIA

Sam Warburton Wales rugby legend

Sam Warburton Wales rugby legend

Six Nations bosses have announced a review into "a number of incidents" relating to head injury protocols in Ireland's 15-13 win over France in Paris.

By contrast, France arrive onto this fixture with no form, a new coach and a 19-year old fly-half in Matthieu Jalibert who only made his top 14 debut three months ago.

Fly-half Matthieu Jalibert and scrum-half Antoine Dupont were forced off with knee injuries and both players were also registered as requiring HIAs.

Ireland will hand 21-year-old Leinster lock James Ryan his first Six Nations start on Saturday, opting for a more dynamic second row partner for Iain Henderson as Joe Schmidt's side bids for a winning start in France.

The match kicks-off at 4:45pm.

France have won only one of their last seven matches against Ireland, who are lining up a starting XV with more than twice as many caps as their hosts.

Key moment: France replacement fly-half Anthony Belleau misses a 77th-minute penalty to seal victory in Paris and Ireland run the ball from deep, sniffing a final throw of the dice at 13-12 down.

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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". "He can bring anything, you don't know what he's going to bring, so you've got to get in his face and just try to shut him down".

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. "It's pretty hard to explain how you feel when you think you've let the game slip and then suddenly you've grabbed it", he said.

Yes, a teenager, a 19-year-old, will start an global match in one of the most competitive rugby competitions in the world against one of the tournament favourites.

So, I hope that young Jalibert does well this weekend, I really do. As French medics rushed to tend to their fallen man, the official word back to referee Nigel Owens was that Dupont was to be taken off for a head injury assessment (HIA). It's just disappointing to see two players going off with knee injuries under a HIA.

"All our goals would've crumbled if we'd lost." the British and Irish Lion told the BBC.

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