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I think it's safe to say James Ryan justified his selection. For me he was one of the stand-out performers in what was a slightly disappointing Irish performance. Having said that, wins in Paris are as rare as hen's teeth, so I'll take that and move on. At least we know what areas we need to work on if we are to win the 6N.

Once again, the French have been caught cheating after last year's farce in Paris where they took off their second choice tight head, Uini Atonio, allegedly "injured" so they could have their first choice back on the pitch for the vital end game.

That match ended up lasting 30 minutes longer than it should have while Wayne Barnes sought clarification as to what was going on. This time there ought to be severe sanctions against the French Federation and the match "doctor" who turned a knee into a head injury so that the French could bring their first choice scrum half back on again.

But of course we all know, nothing will happen.

I'm so glad Ireland won anyway. Having lost out to France for the Rugby World Cup, to the cheating Thierry Henry goal, and for the European Banking Authority - which is going to Paris rather than Dublin on the toss of a coin - it would have been too much to lose this match and a shot at the 6N as well!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 04:32:43 PM EST

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