France v Ireland Six Nations 15:00 Sun
Ahead of the tough trip to France in this weekend’s only Six Nations fixture, hooker Rory Best has said that Ireland can secure victory in Paris, ending their horrific record against them in the process as Paddy Power make them long odds for victory at Stade de France.
The Irish have only secured victory once since 1972 and not since 2000, while their form at the start of this 2012 campaign hasn’t been entirely convincing.
An opening day defeat immediately ended their Grand Slam hopes, while the 42-10 victory over Scotland last weekend wasn’t as comfortable as the score-line suggests.
Declan Kidney’s men can still technically win the Six Nations Championship though, but they need to win in France and this is an extremely tough challenge.
However, Best – who played all 80 minutes against Scotland – believes that he and his team can raise their game and produce a victory against the odds on Sunday afternoon.
The 29-year-old said: “It’s a massive challenge, but we have an opportunity to write ourselves into the history books. The record books say that us winning in Paris doesn’t happen very often, so from an Irish point of view it would be a massive result for us.”
“We go there full of confidence, but we’re fully aware of how long it’s been since we’ve beaten them in Paris. As competitive players you want to have these big moments in your career. Sunday evening can be one of those for us.”
Regardless of whether Ireland can pull off a famous victory, this is a contest that everyone is looking forward to. As mentioned, it is the only Six Nations match of the weekend, so all eyes will be on the Stade de France.
Les Blues will be confident of securing victory on home soil having won their last nine matches in front of their own fans in the Six Nations championship.
If Best’s belief is replicated across the entire Ireland team though, who knows what can happen. They will certainly go into this one knowing that they need to produce their best performance of 2012.
France v Ireland gets underway at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.