Who would you pick in a combined France-Ireland XV

30 January 2018 Ireland forwards coach Simon Easterby during an Ireland rugby squad press conference at Carton House in Maynooth Co Kildare

The 19-year-old Jalibert will play alongside scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud, who will make his 32nd test appearance and will take the kicking duties at Stade de France.

Leinster's Ryan, who made his worldwide debut six months ago before he had even played a game for Leinster, started for Ireland for the first time in November and gets the nod ahead of experienced clubmate Devon Toner.

And the British and Irish Lions hooker conceded that how the trio of Six Nations debutants handle their Paris initiation could well prove pivotal to Ireland's chances of victory.

Ryan, O'Mahony, van der Flier, Stander.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has included three NatWest 6 Nations debutants - Jacob Stockdale, Bundee Aki and James Ryan - in his team for Saturday's opening clash with France in Paris (kick-off 5.45pm local time/4.45pm Irish time).

Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale and James Ryan make their Championship debuts tomorrow.

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France last won the Six Nations in 2010.

Full-back Stuart Hogg returns to the Scotland side and Ali Price gets the nod at scrum-half as they eye another win against Wales after beating them for the first time in 10 attempts previous year. "

"That's part of the balance and when you speak of World Cup's or sacrificing opportunity or risking results, I don't think they are mutually exclussive.


Murray and Johnny Sexton are named at half-back with Aki and Henshaw in midfield. "It's certainly nothing serious, we just need to let it settle down and he'll springboard back into things".

'It's probably going to be a bit of a surprise for them, but they are used to big games, and they performed well in the autumn series. "But I hope we've built up enough team spirit to be combative".

Ireland were in a similar position at the start of last year's Six Nations, having just months earlier ended New Zealand's record winning streak.

"That is probably one of the big lessons for us from past year: the autumn form".

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