France v Ireland - Six Nations Preview

There is just one Six Nations fixture taking place this weekend, but it is an extremely fascinating one as France host Ireland on Sunday afternoon.

France will be fresh after only playing one game so far - beating Scotland relatively comfortably - while Ireland will be hoping for their second victory in three games after beating Italy and losing to Wales so far.

Rugby betting will no doubt have France as the favourites to win this one, but Ireland will want to show their credentials away from home. This is a big weekend for the Irish.

Ahead of this weekend's clash, Ireland captain Paul O'Connell has called on his team to build on the victory over Italy.

He said: "It was good to get a tough 80 minutes under our belts."

"Paris is always tough and we will not be able to get away with some of the mistakes we made today. We will have to eradicate them. We stuck at the task and to score five tries is satisfying for us."

Coach Declan Kidney added: "We had the courage to play, but what we need to do is get the balance right. That comes with playing together and the more time we spend together the better we'll become."

"But can't go away thinking everything's great just because we scored a few late tries."

Overall, there is no doubt that Ireland will have to improve if they are to get something this weekend. They need to up their game as there is no doubt that the rugby odds are against them.

Looking at the betting for this weekend's clash, France are the 1/3 favourites with Betfred, while Ireland can be backed at 5/2 with Ladbrokes for a memorable away victory. The draw is then 25/1 with Bet Victor.

Overall, it should be a high quality Six Nations battle and it is all set to get underway at 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

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