So the usual press clippings are coming out in the run up to the game against France. Everything is rosy in camp after the debacle against Georgia and it is generally reckoned that Reddan’s inclusion at number nine will throw a small spanner in the French works. We will have to wait and see. Other popular topics include “shackling” Chabal, the past record between the two teams and whether the Irish forwards will show up against the French.
Regarding Irelands preparations and the French game, here are the latest offerings from the press:
Simon Easterby, Ronan O’Gara and Graham Steadman (Irish defence coach) give their thoughts on the IRFU website. Also Brian O’Driscoll has updated his diary adding his reaction to the media rumours about rifts in the Irish camp.
Bryn Palmer over at the BBC Rugby World Cup blog reckons Georgia have put in the best team performance of the whole tournament in their game against Ireland. And who could argue?
The IRB site have the straight forward title of “Do or die for France and Ireland” for their article about the impending fixture. They highlight the record between the two countries and also mention that Reddan mightn’t be the elusive character mentioned in other reports as he plays his club rugby with the French captain, Ibanez at London wasps. Ah well.
There’s also a piece on the (dented?) pride of the Irish forwards after the Georgia game and how the team aim to fix it before facing Les Bleus.