The Six Nations tournament continues Sunday, with Ireland taking on France in Dublin.
The Irish lost their first match of the tournament to Wales last weekend, having to play the majority of the game with 14 men after experienced flanker Peter O’Mahony was sent off for a blow to the head of an opponent. Therefore, this game becomes a must win if the men in green want to win the tournament, which must surely be their aim.
However, they have been dealt further blows with both legendary half backs, Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray, ruled out through injury. This combination – a British & Irish Lions pairing – has been the bedrock of Ireland’s success over the years, starting all but one match together in the title-winning campaigns of 2014, 2015 and 2018. Their replacements, by contrast, are very inexperienced.
This provides the chance for France to prove their new favouritism for the tournament is based on solid ground, particularly if they can overcome their traditional weakness away from home.
French scrumhalf Antoine Dupont looks a star in the making, and will now be facing Jamison Gibson-Park, making his first Six Nations start. Dupont scored a try last week against Italy and also one in France’s 35-27 win over Ireland in Paris last year. He’s 3/1 to score anytime today, but we’ll up the odds to 11/2 by pairing it with a France win.
Dupont to score a try and France to win, 1 pt, at 11/2, SkyBet