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Fans hope for perfect end to French leave

Irish rugby fan

By Dan Buckley
IRISH rugby fans sauntered through Paris like they owned the place last night, praying that fate would help their team do the seemingly impossible and beat the French on their own turf.

Some were already limbering up to sing Ze Fields of Athenry in fake French accents as they flitted between the bars and bistros, ahead of today’s Six Nations encounter at the Stade de France.

Not all of them had tickets but those who didn’t had other seats in mind beside the big TV screens sported by O’Sullivan’s in Montmartre; Flann O’Brien’s in Rue Bailleul and Kitty O’Shea’s in Rue des Capucines, one of Paris’s oldest Irish bars, situated in the heart of the city.

None of these pubs is anywhere near the Stade de France, built for the 1998 football World Cup. Its sole downfall lies in its location, being situated in a rundown suburb of Paris called Saint Denis, which lacks any decent bars or restaurants.

France and Ireland are braced for a bruising Six Nations encounter as both look to make amends for their poor start to the tournament last weekend.

"I’m sure it will a very tense game and my Irish friends will perhaps not be my friends for 80 minutes," said flanker Olivier Magne, who plays his club rugby for London Irish.

The French, pre-tournament hot favourites whose Grand Slam hopes were dashed in a 20-16 defeat by Scotland, host an Ireland side who stuttered to a 26-16 home win over Italy.

The Irish fans affected a communal Gallic shrug to the news that France have axed five players from the starting line-up that lost to Scotland and recalled veterans Magne and Raphael Ibanez.

France defeated Ireland 37-17 in their last encounter at the Stade de France in 2004 and beat them 26-19 at Lansdowne Road last season. Ireland recorded their last win in Paris in 2000.

There were already a few sore heads wandering the hills of Montmartre last night. They will be even sorer if Ireland suffer yet another defeat at the hands of the French.

nKick-off 1.30pm, Stade de France. On TV: RTÉ 2, BBC1, TV5.

 

Fans hope for perfect end to French leave

Irish rugby fan

By Dan Buckley
IRISH rugby fans sauntered through Paris like they owned the place last night, praying that fate would help their team do the seemingly impossible and beat the French on their own turf.

Some were already limbering up to sing Ze Fields of Athenry in fake French accents as they flitted between the bars and bistros, ahead of today’s Six Nations encounter at the Stade de France.

Not all of them had tickets but those who didn’t had other seats in mind beside the big TV screens sported by O’Sullivan’s in Montmartre; Flann O’Brien’s in Rue Bailleul and Kitty O’Shea’s in Rue des Capucines, one of Paris’s oldest Irish bars, situated in the heart of the city.

None of these pubs is anywhere near the Stade de France, built for the 1998 football World Cup. Its sole downfall lies in its location, being situated in a rundown suburb of Paris called Saint Denis, which lacks any decent bars or restaurants.

France and Ireland are braced for a bruising Six Nations encounter as both look to make amends for their poor start to the tournament last weekend.

"I’m sure it will a very tense game and my Irish friends will perhaps not be my friends for 80 minutes," said flanker Olivier Magne, who plays his club rugby for London Irish.

The French, pre-tournament hot favourites whose Grand Slam hopes were dashed in a 20-16 defeat by Scotland, host an Ireland side who stuttered to a 26-16 home win over Italy.

The Irish fans affected a communal Gallic shrug to the news that France have axed five players from the starting line-up that lost to Scotland and recalled veterans Magne and Raphael Ibanez.

France defeated Ireland 37-17 in their last encounter at the Stade de France in 2004 and beat them 26-19 at Lansdowne Road last season. Ireland recorded their last win in Paris in 2000.

There were already a few sore heads wandering the hills of Montmartre last night. They will be even sorer if Ireland suffer yet another defeat at the hands of the French.

nKick-off 1.30pm, Stade de France. On TV: RTÉ 2, BBC1, TV5.

 

Fans hope for perfect end to French leave

Irish rugby fan

By Dan Buckley
IRISH rugby fans sauntered through Paris like they owned the place last night, praying that fate would help their team do the seemingly impossible and beat the French on their own turf.

Some were already limbering up to sing Ze Fields of Athenry in fake French accents as they flitted between the bars and bistros, ahead of today’s Six Nations encounter at the Stade de France.

Not all of them had tickets but those who didn’t had other seats in mind beside the big TV screens sported by O’Sullivan’s in Montmartre; Flann O’Brien’s in Rue Bailleul and Kitty O’Shea’s in Rue des Capucines, one of Paris’s oldest Irish bars, situated in the heart of the city.

None of these pubs is anywhere near the Stade de France, built for the 1998 football World Cup. Its sole downfall lies in its location, being situated in a rundown suburb of Paris called Saint Denis, which lacks any decent bars or restaurants.

France and Ireland are braced for a bruising Six Nations encounter as both look to make amends for their poor start to the tournament last weekend.

"I’m sure it will a very tense game and my Irish friends will perhaps not be my friends for 80 minutes," said flanker Olivier Magne, who plays his club rugby for London Irish.

The French, pre-tournament hot favourites whose Grand Slam hopes were dashed in a 20-16 defeat by Scotland, host an Ireland side who stuttered to a 26-16 home win over Italy.

The Irish fans affected a communal Gallic shrug to the news that France have axed five players from the starting line-up that lost to Scotland and recalled veterans Magne and Raphael Ibanez.

France defeated Ireland 37-17 in their last encounter at the Stade de France in 2004 and beat them 26-19 at Lansdowne Road last season. Ireland recorded their last win in Paris in 2000.

There were already a few sore heads wandering the hills of Montmartre last night. They will be even sorer if Ireland suffer yet another defeat at the hands of the French.

nKick-off 1.30pm, Stade de France. On TV: RTÉ 2, BBC1, TV5.

 

Fans hope for perfect end to French leave

Irish rugby fan

By Dan Buckley
IRISH rugby fans sauntered through Paris like they owned the place last night, praying that fate would help their team do the seemingly impossible and beat the French on their own turf.

Some were already limbering up to sing Ze Fields of Athenry in fake French accents as they flitted between the bars and bistros, ahead of today’s Six Nations encounter at the Stade de France.

Not all of them had tickets but those who didn’t had other seats in mind beside the big TV screens sported by O’Sullivan’s in Montmartre; Flann O’Brien’s in Rue Bailleul and Kitty O’Shea’s in Rue des Capucines, one of Paris’s oldest Irish bars, situated in the heart of the city.

None of these pubs is anywhere near the Stade de France, built for the 1998 football World Cup. Its sole downfall lies in its location, being situated in a rundown suburb of Paris called Saint Denis, which lacks any decent bars or restaurants.

France and Ireland are braced for a bruising Six Nations encounter as both look to make amends for their poor start to the tournament last weekend.

"I’m sure it will a very tense game and my Irish friends will perhaps not be my friends for 80 minutes," said flanker Olivier Magne, who plays his club rugby for London Irish.

The French, pre-tournament hot favourites whose Grand Slam hopes were dashed in a 20-16 defeat by Scotland, host an Ireland side who stuttered to a 26-16 home win over Italy.

The Irish fans affected a communal Gallic shrug to the news that France have axed five players from the starting line-up that lost to Scotland and recalled veterans Magne and Raphael Ibanez.

France defeated Ireland 37-17 in their last encounter at the Stade de France in 2004 and beat them 26-19 at Lansdowne Road last season. Ireland recorded their last win in Paris in 2000.

There were already a few sore heads wandering the hills of Montmartre last night. They will be even sorer if Ireland suffer yet another defeat at the hands of the French.

nKick-off 1.30pm, Stade de France. On TV: RTÉ 2, BBC1, TV5.