Trailing 12-16 at a wet and windy Ravenhill, the Ireland A ended up going down 29-19.
Trailing 12-16 at a wet and windy Ravenhill, the Ireland A ended up going down 29-19. Paul Burke kicked four first half penalties to keep his side very much in the hunt and his conversion of Paul Shield’s
second half try had the home side in front (19-16). However, the French had furhter tries from Bousses and Elhorrga to end up ten point winners.
Ireland A: G D’Arcy (Leinster); J Topping (Ulster), J Staunton (Munster), D Quinlan (Leinster), T Robinson (Connacht); P Burke (Harlequins), N Doak (Ulster); R McCormack (Connacht), P Shields (Ulster), S Best (Ulster), D O’Callaghan (Munster), J Davidson (Ulster), S Easterby (Llanelli), E Miller (Leinster), K Dawson (London Irish).
Replacements: J Blaney (Munster), P Bracken (Connacht), M O’Driscoll (Munster), A McCullen (Leinster), B O’Meara (Leinster), B Everitt (London Irish), M Lawlor (Munster).
France: Brusque (Biarritz); Elhorga (Agen), Cermeno (Perpignan), Messina (Montferrand), Dominici (Stade Frangais); Michalak (Stade Toulousain), Ellisalde (Stade Toulousain); Milloud (Bourgoin), Bru (Stade Toulousain), Mas (Perpignan), Nallet (Bourgoin), Thion (Perpignan); Bouilhou (Stade Toulousain), Frier (Grenoble), AN Other. Replacements: Poux (Stade Toulousain), August (Stade Frangais), Gerard (Stade Toulousain), Martin (Stade Frangais), Mercier (Gloucester/Ang), Bousshs (Biarritz), Forest (Bourgoin).
Referee: G de Santis (Italy).