France v Ireland Odds Six Nations Rugby as bets flood in for Irish to take crown for O’Driscoll in Stade de France in Paris

Up to date France v Ireland odds from the Six Nations, with the Tournament outright up for grabs this afternoon in Paris (KO 17:00).

Ireland will bid farewell to one of their greatest ever players, Brian O’Driscoll on Saturday when they travel to Paris to take on inconsistent France.

While the occasion promises to be an emotional one for the most famous number 13 the game has ever produced with a Six Nations Championship up for grabs the tissues will be cast aside for 80 minutes.

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With so much at stake for the Irish, it is no surprise that Joe Schmidt has kept the changes to a minimum.

Schmidt, chasing a first Championship for Ireland since 2009 and his first as Coach, has made just one change to his starting 15 for the must-win clash in Paris with Peter O’Mahony replacing Iain Henderson.

The change had been very much anticipated after Munster man O’Mahony proved his fitness following a hamstring injury.

Henderson will travel to Paris however as one of the replacements with Rhys Ruddock dropping out of the match day 23.

Coach Joe Schmidt did manage to spring one surprise however with Paddy Jackson left out of the squad despite impressing in his cameo’s to date. The Ulster man’s place goes to Ian Madigan who comes into the squad for the first team this season.

France meanwhile have four changes from the side that narrowly beat Scotland with Toulouse number eight Louis Picamoles set to start on the side of the scrum in the place of Sébastien Vahaamahina, who drops to the replacement bench.

French Coach Philippe Saint Andre has also dropped Stade Français fly-half Jules Plisson from the squad with Castres number 10 Remi Tálès starting.

Gaël Fickou starts at inside centre ahead of Maxime Mermoz, who is one of just two backs amongst the replacements while Racing Métro hooker Dimitri Szarzewski returns from an ankle injury to replace Brice Mach.

Just like Plisson, Mach has been dropped from the match day 22 with Guilhem Guirado retaining his place on the bench.
A very coy Saint-Andre, under pressure after some poor performances this year, refused to divulge too much information about his team or tactics for the game telling the press in attendance “I don’t want to say any more regarding our strategy as I’m sure there are Irish journalists in the room.”

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gaël Fickou , 11 Maxime Médard, 10 Remi Tálès, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Louis Picamoles, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo

Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 21 Wenceslas Lauret, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Maxime Mermoz

Ireland: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Brian O’Driscoll, 12 Gordon D’Arcy, 11 Dave Kearney, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Chris Henry, 6 Peter O’Mahony, 5 Paul O’Connell (c), 4 Devin Toner, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy

Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Martin Moore, 19 Iain Henderson, 20 Jordi Murphy, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Fergus McFadden

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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