We take a look back at previous encounters between Ireland and France from 2000 to 2005.
2005 6 Nations: (March 12) Ireland 19 France 26, Lansdowne Road – Scorers: Ireland: Try: Brian O’Driscoll; Con: Ronan O’Gara; Pens: O’Gara 4; France: Tries: Benoit Baby, Christophe Dominici 2; Con: Dimitri Yachvili; Pens: Yachvili 2; Drop: Yann Delaigue. Pictured above: Ireland flanker Johnny O’Connor, in only his second 6 Nations match, tries to prevent France’s Serge Betsen from offloading.
2004 6 Nations: (February 14) France 35 Ireland 17, Stade de France – Scorers: France: Tries: Pascal Pape, Yannick Jauzion, Vincent Clerc, Jean-Baptiste Elissalde; Cons: Frederic Michalak 3; Pens: Michalak 3; Ireland: Tries: Tyrone Howe, Anthony Foley; Cons: Ronan O’Gara 2; Pen: O’Gara. Pictured above: Tyrone Howe scores his fifth Test try but France are deserving victors in Paris.
2003 World Cup quarter-final: (November 9) France 43 Ireland 21, Telstra Dome, Melbourne – Scorers: France: Tries: Jean-Jacques Crenca, Olivier Magne, Imanol Harinordoquy, Christophe Dominici; Cons: Frederic Michalak 4; Pens: Michalak 5; Ireland: Tries: Brian O’Driscoll 2, Kevin Maggs; Cons: David Humphreys. Pictured above: Brian O’Driscoll scores one of his two tries but Ireland still crash out of the World Cup Down Under.
2003 6 Nations: (March 8) Ireland 15 France 12, Lansdowne Road – Scorers: Ireland: Pens: David Humphreys 4; Drop: Geordan Murphy; France: Pens: Francois Gelez 4. Pictured above: The East Stand scoreboard says it all at Lansdowne Road as Ireland beat France at home for the second successive time.
2002 6 Nations: (April 6) France 44 Ireland 5, Stade de France – Scorers: France: Tries: Aurelien Rougerie, Serge Betsen 2, Nicolas Brusque 2; Cons: Gerald Merceron 2; Pens: Merceron 4, Francois Gelez; Ireland: Try: Keith Wood. Pictured above: Eddie O’Sullivan walks out at the Stade de France for the first time as Ireland’s head coach.
2001 6 Nations: (February 17) Ireland 22 France 15, Lansdowne Road – Scorers: Ireland: Try: Brian O’Driscoll; Con: Ronan O’Gara; Pens: O’Gara 5; France: Tries: Fabien Pelous, Philippe Bernat-Salles; Con: Christophe Lamaison; Pen: Lamaison. Pictured above: Brian O’Driscoll races in at the left corner for a controversial try in the second half. The win marked Ireland’s first defeat of France at Lansdowne Road since 1983 (22-16).
2000 6 Nations: (March 19) France 25 Ireland 27, Stade de France – Scorers: France: Tries: Christophe Laussucq; Con: Gerald Merceron; Pens: Merceron 6; Ireland: Tries: Brian O’Driscoll 3; Cons: David Humphreys, Ronan O’Gara 2; Pens: Humphreys 2. Pictured above: Brian O’Driscoll runs in for one of his three tries on a famous day for Ireland – the win ended a barren run of defeats of Ireland in Paris, stretching back 28 years.
**All photos by Inpho Photography**
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