We take a look back at previous encounter between Ireland and France from 1982 to 1999.
1999 5 Nations: (February 6) Ireland 9 France 10, Lansdowne Road – Scorers: Ireland: Pens: David Humphreys 3; France: Try: Emile Ntamack; Con: Thomas Castaignede; Pen: Castaignede. Pictured above: A blue-dyed Keith Wood slumps as Australia referee Peter Marshall blows the final whistle.
1998 5 Nations: (March 7) France 18 Ireland 16, Stade de France – Scorers: France: Tries: Philippe Bernat-Salles, Raphael Ibanez; Con: Christophe Lamaison; Pens: Lamaison 2; Ireland: Try: Denis Hickie; Con: Eric Elwood; Pens: Elwood 2. Pictured above: Brothers Richard and Paul Wallace psyche themselves up before the sides’ 1998 encounter in Paris.
1997 5 Nations: (January 18) Ireland 15 France 32, Lansdowne Road – Scorers: Ireland: Pens: Eric Elwood 5; France: Tries: David Venditti 3, Fabien Galthie; Cons: Thomas Castaignede 3; Pens: Castaignede 2. Pictured above: Ireland winger James Topping is felled by French duo Thomas Castaignede (left) and Philippe Benetton (right).
1991 5 Nations: (February 2) Ireland 13 France 21, Lansdowne Road – Scorers: Ireland: Try: Steve Smith; Pens: Michael Kiernan 3; France: Tries: Laurent Cabannes, Patrice Lagisquet; Cons: Didier Camberabero 2; Pens: Camberabero 3. Pictured above: Legendary French full-back and captain Serge Blanco tries to get past the equally legendary Irish winger Simon Geoghegan.
1984 5 Nations: (January 21) France 25 Ireland 12, Parc des Princes, Paris – Scorers: France: Tries: Jerome Gallion, Philippe Sella; Con: Jean-Patrick Lescarboura; Pens: Lescarboura 4; Drop: Lescarboura; Ireland: Pens: Ollie Campbell 4. Pictured above: Ireland’s Willie Duggan gets to grips with French flanker and captain Jean-Pierre Rives.
1982 5 Nations: (March 20) France 22 Ireland 9, Parc des Princes, Paris – Scorers: France: Tries: Patrick Mesny, Serge Blanco; Con: Serge Gabernet; Pens: Blanco 2, Gabernet 2; Ireland: Pens: Ollie Campbell 3. Pictured above: Ireland lock Moss Keane waits for a lineout in Paris. Ireland led 6-3 at half-time but tries from Serge Blanco, playing on the left wing, and centre Patrick Mesny inspired Les Bleus to another home defeat of the men in green.
**All photos by Inpho Photography**
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