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Stay tuned for the final pool match between Japan and the USA at 21:00
Ireland will play Argentina at the Millennium Stadium next Sunday at 14:00 SA time
France will play the All Blacks at the Millennium Stadium next Saturday at 21:00 SA time.
IRELAND TOP THE POOL
Ireland finish as winners of Pool D, France as runners-up
MAN OF THE MATCH
The award goes to Ireland loose forward Sean O'Brien
FULL-TIME IN CARDIFF
Ireland 24-9 France
Hughly impressive by Ireland. But at what cost did their win come? Injuries to 4 key players - and a possible citing
78' - Penalty to Ireland as Vincent Debaty is penalised for walking around
Ireland finishing with a ruthless display. Very impressive to watch
77' - Into the final 3 minutes and the match is won
Scrum to the Irish on their own 22m after a knock-on from the restart
76' - Madigan's kick from 40m is OVER!
76' - Penalty at the scrum for Ireland
France look tired and Ireland are been given a second wind by their incredible supporters who are in full voice
75' - Ireland's fans start to celebrate
74' - Rory Best off for SA-born Richardt Strauss
Best was massive today for Ireland
73' - The conversion is GOOD from Madigan
Ireland 21-9 France
70' - Madigan puts Ireland onto the attack and into the French 22m as we're into the last 10 minutes of the match
Time has flown by
MAN OF THE MATCH TIME...
#FRAvIRE man of the match nominees - vote using:
#MOTM1 Rob Kearney
#MOTM2 Sean O'Brien
#MOTM3 Louis Picamoles pic.twitter.com/Aoc2IWn7tK— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 11, 2015
#FRAvIRE man of the match nominees - vote using:
#MOTM1 Rob Kearney
#MOTM2 Sean O'Brien
#MOTM3 Louis Picamoles pic.twitter.com/Aoc2IWn7tK
69' - Keith Earls spotted with an ice pack on his elbow
Could be serious...
68' - Argentina and New Zealand will be interested watchers of this match
Not sure who they'd like to play to be honest
Argentina arguably playing better rugby than the All Blacks at the moment
68' - Forward pass denies France
Relief for Ireland inside their 22m
Ireland starting to tire. Certainly not helped by injuries to key players
67' - France march back into Irish territory
Should be a sensational finish to this match
Don't leave your seats!
66' - High tackle by Ireland
Penalty to France. No card
Jack McGrath the offender
66' - France certainly not out of this match
Loads to play for!
64' - Parra makes no mistake
France to within 5 points
Ireland 14-9 France
63' - Penalty to France in a kickable position
They elect to take the points through the boot of Morgan Parra
62' - Luke Fitzgerald on for Keith Earls
Mathieu Bastareaud off for France, replaced by Alexandre Dumoulin
62' - Penalty to France as Ireland hold on
Huge relief as Ireland prepare to make a tactical substitution rather than an injury-enforced one!
61' - Ireland continue to attack
Players must be starting to tire. Amazing match
60' - We're into the final quarter now
Ireland with an 9-point lead. Will they hang on for a famous victory?
59' - Ireland's turn to defend a French maul now
And they turn it over!
Huge by Sean O'Brien
58' - Penalty to France
What will they do?
They kick to touch. Lineout on the Irish 22m
55' - Peter O'Mahony down and he's replaced by Chris Henry
Another bad looking injury for the Irish
55' - Ireland lose possession and Kearney is forced to hurry back to field the French kick
He does well as Ireland have another player down
53' - Oh dear, skipper Thierry Dusautoir drops it cold in midfield
Scrum to Ireland in the French 22m as their fans grow in voice
52' - Hats off to Ireland who have lost their two best players in the match already
They are targeting the relatively small Michalak
51' - The conversion is MISSED by Madigan
Ireland 14-6 France
50' - FANTASTIC BY IRELAND!
They barge forward through their pack then spread it wide and ROB KEARNEY dives over in the tackle for the first try of the match
outside of a packed Ellis Park, Millennium is the best rugby stadium in the world. #FRAvIRE #WAL #RWC2015— Craig Ray (@craigray11) October 11, 2015
outside of a packed Ellis Park, Millennium is the best rugby stadium in the world. #FRAvIRE #WAL #RWC2015
49' - Excellent play by Henshaw as he slices through the French backline
Closest Ireland have come to scoring a try
5m scrum after aknock-on in the tackle
48' - Blood injury
Vincent Debaty off, replaced by Eddy Ben Arous
48' - Risky play - and pass - by Madigan. Almost intercepted
Ireland did have the advantge, but it's only a scrum advantage
46' - Ireland struggling to get into the French 22m
Great 'D' from the French thus far
Nigel Owens allowing the Irish a lot at the breakdown. Have to feel for French but they have come to play. Good game.— Stefan Terblanche (@StefanT15) October 11, 2015
Nigel Owens allowing the Irish a lot at the breakdown. Have to feel for French but they have come to play. Good game.
Ireland playing down the clock now, they spill the ball however and France have one more chance.
France spill the ball in contact and that's the ball game! Ireland too strong for France as they go away with a comprehensive victory!
FRANCE 9 IRELAND 24
Ireland rumbling forward with their driving maul. Now they go through the phases in search of one more try!
France are pinged for wheeling the scrum. Madigan finds touch just outside France's 22.
France try to regather the restart but they spill the ball and Ireland have a scrum just inside their own half.
France are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Madigan will have a shot at goal from about 40 metres out.
PENALTY, IRELAND, MADIGAN. 9-24. His kick is good!
France attack from deep. They swing the ball wide to Parra in midfield, but it comes to nothing as he spills the ball in contact. Ireland scrum on halfway.
CONVERSION, FRANCE, MADIGAN. 9-21. Madigan adds the extras from the kicking tee.
TRY, IRELAND, MURRAY. 9-19. Ireland going through the phases now. Murray picks up at the base of the ruck and he scores!! Well worked try!
France are pinged for obstructive running and Ireland can breathe again. End to end stuff by France, but they can't seem to break Ireland's resolute defence.
Madigan finds touch inside France's 22.
Rob Kearney clears but it's a poor clearance. Attacking line-out, France just outside Ireland's 22.
France go through the phases inside Ireland's 22. Parra throws a forward pass and another chance goes a begging.
Ireland are pinged for a high tackle on Parra. Attacking line-out France just outside Ireland's 22.
Ireland make a hash of the line-out as the ball bobble into touch. France now attack from deep.
France go through the phases after gathering the restart. They clear and finds touch just outside their 22. Attacking line-out, Ireland.
PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA. 9-14. Game on!
France win another penalty after Ireland are pinged at the deck and Parra will have a shot at goal from about 35 metres out.
Ireland take play up to France's 22 with their relentless attack. They go through the phases, but France are giving little away on defence. Now France win a penalty after Ireland are pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground.
France set up a driving maul and now they swing the ball wide, but brilliant counter rucking by Ireland sees them make a vital turnover.
Murray clears and now France launch an attack from halfway. Ireland are pinged at the deck yet again and Spedding finds touch inside Ireland's 22.
Best is pinged for a side entry at the ruck. Spedding finds touch deep inside Ireland's half.
France struggling to contain Ireland's hard running forwards as they take play up to France's 22.
INJURY, IRELAND, O'MAHONY. Peter O?Mahony leaves the field on a stretcher.
Ireland go through the phases as they search for their second try, it comes to nothing as Henderson spills the ball in contact.
France now attacking from deep. Dusautoir spills a ball in midfield and now France are on the back foot again. Attacking scrum Ireland, just outside France's 22.
Madigan pushes his conversion to the left!
TRY, IRELAND, R KEARNEY. 6-14. Ireland go through the phases as they try and bustle their way over France's try-line. Murray plays the blind and feeds to Rob Kearney who crashes over for the first try of the match!!!
Henshaw hits a gap and offloads to Kearney. France try to make a turnover at the breakdown, but they spill the ball in the process. Attacking scrum Ireland, 5 metres from France's try-line.
Good counter rucking by Ireland who win the turnover. Ireland have an attacking scrum inside France's half.
Ireland make a turnover at the line-out. They attack from deep and take play up to France's 22. They go through the phases but it comes to nothing as they spill the ball in contact, however.
Spedding is thumped after gathering a high ball and France win a penalty at the deck. Spedding finds touch inside Ireland territory.
Madigan taking a flat ball and he offloads to Chouly, but he spills the ball and France have an attacking scrum just outside their 22.
Tillous-Borde launches a bomb and now Ireland counter from deep as they take play up to France's half.
Tillous-Borde hoofs the ball down field from the restart. Now Madigan kicks for space and it's a good one as he finds touch just outside France's 22.
Henshaw kicks away possession and Tillous-Borde hoofs the ball down field. Madigan replies but his kick goes straight into touch.
France trying to milk a penalty. Tillous-Borde plays the blind and Spedding is almost through. Now France go through the phases inside Ireland's 22. Earls wins a penalty for Ireland on the deck and Madigan hoofs the ball into touch. That's the first half as the players head into the shed for a well deserved break.
FRANCE 6 IRELAND 9
Madigan gets the second half underway!
A massive battle at the breakdown as France keep probing trying to find a gap through.
Ireland's hard running forwards take them up to France's 22.
Madigan stabs a grubber through and it's perfectly placed as the ball bobbles into touch inside France's 22.
Tillous-Borde clears and finds touch on halfway. France can breathe again!
Ireland are obliterated at the scrum as France make the turnover. Now they go through the phases, but it comes to nothing as they are pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground.
France make a hash of their line-out ball as they force the knock on. Ireland have the put in to the scrum just outside their 22.
Ireland attack and take play up to France's 22. Now they go through the phases with their forwards, but they are smashed on defence and struggle to get over the advantage line. They give away a penalty for holding onto the ball on the ground.
Ireland make a hash of their line-out ball and Dulin finds touch on halfway.
Now France are caught in an offside position from the restart. Madigan finds touch inside France's 22.
PENALTY, IRELAND, MADIGAN. 6-9. Brilliant kick by the replacement fly-half.
Ireland full of running as they take play into France's half. Pape is pinged for tackling the player without the ball and Madigan will have a shot at goal from about 40 metres out.
France attack and take play up to Ireland's half, but Michalak spills the ball in contact. Ireland Scrum.
Sexton leaves the field after being smashed on defence.
PENALTY, FRANCE, SPEDDING. 6-6. Brilliant kick from 53 metres out!
O?Mahony is pinged for a high tackle on Guirado on halfway and Spedding indicates that he will have a shot at goal.
Ireland attacking from deep after gathering the restart. They launch a bomb and now France counter.
PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 3-6.
Now Ireland go through the phases as they take play into France's 22. Sexton sit back in the pocket and he attempts a drop, but it hits the left hand upright. Ireland played the advantage for a penalty and Sexton will have a shot at goal.
Fofana gathers the restart and finds touch just outside France's 22.
PENALTY, FRANCE, SPEDDING. 3-3. This time his kick is good. Beautiful strike.
Michalak slithers through a gap and now France win a penalty at the deck. Spedding will have another shot at goal from 50 metres out in a similar position as his previous kick.
Sexton launches a bomb but Tillous-Borde is up for the challenge. Now France attack from halfway.
PENALTY, IRELAND, SEXTON. 0-3. His kick is good and Ireland take the lead.
Spedding's kick hits the right hand upright and Sexton clears, finding touch just outside their 22.
Bastareaud is pinged for playing the player without the ball. Sexton will have a shot now from about 40 metres out.
Ireland are pinged for illegal scrummaging on halfway. Spedding will have a shot at goal from 50 metres out.
Ireland spill the ball in midfield and France have an attacking scrum on halfway.
France gather the restart and make good headway. Fofana hits a gap and offloads to Dulin who is thumped into touch.
Michalak has the distance but not the direction!
Henshaw takes a crash ball and now Ireland attack from deep. They are pinged at the deck and Michalack will have a shot at goal from about 35 metres out on the angle.
France rumble forward with their driving maul, but they make a hash of it however after failing to produce the ball. Ireland scrum inside their 22.
Ireland make a turnover on the deck and they take play up to France's half with their hard running forwards. It comes to nothing however as they are pinged at the deck and Spedding finds touch inside Ireland territory.
Kearney gathers and now Ireland go through the phases before sexton hoofs the ball down field and now France counter.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Pool D Rugby World Cup encounter between France and Ireland from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. We'll return shortly with team news.
Keith Earls will start at outside centre for Ireland after Jared Payne failed a fitness test.
Cian Healy and Devin Toner also come into the starting XV as Ireland look to top Pool D in the Rugby World Cup.
Paul O'Connell captain's the side and is joined in the second row by Toner.
The back row is made up of Jamie Heaslip at number eight, Sean O'Brien at openside and Peter O'Mahony at blindside. Healy starts at loosehead and is joined in the front row by Mike Ross and Rory Best.
Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton are paired at half-back with Robbie Henshaw and Earls named in midfield.
The back three sees Rob Kearney return at full-back with Tommy Bowe and Dave Kearney on the wings.
Louis Picamoles returns at number eight as France coach Philippe Saint-André made three changes for today's clash
Picamoles will win his 50th cap, becoming the 53rd French player to reach this milestone.
Saint-André has made two personnel changes and one positional switch to the run-on side that started in the 41-18 victory over Canada, the fewest changes for a France team in their last RWC pool phase match since 1991.
Picamoles and wing Noa Nakaitaci, who both started France's first two matches, return to the starting line-up in place of Bernard Le Roux and Remy Grosso respectively.
Damien Chouly switches from number eight to openside flanker.
The starting XV for today's clash has 13 starters from France's opening match, a 32-10 win over Italy, with the only changes being the then injured Wesley Fofana for Alexandre Dumoulin at 12 and Brice Dulin for Yoann Huget, on the left wing. Huget's participation in the world Cup was ended by an injury in that match.
Noa Nakaitaci will play on the right wing, having played on the left in his first two matches.
Thierry Dusautoir will captain France for the 55th time, joining former Australia lock John Eales in seventh place on the all-time list.
Ten of France's starting XV also started the Six Nations match against Ireland in February, which Les Bleus lost 18-11 in Dublin. Seven of the eight forwards ? all except Le Roux ? return from that day and three of the backs (Fofana, Mathieu Bastareaud, Scott Spedding).
The teams are on the field for the anthems. Please stand!
Michalak gets us underway!
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