Quote can prevent Frenchman Le Roux from Irish shock


France could do without Bernard Le Roux for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Ireland after the second row was cited for allegedly ‘hitting with the arm’ against Wales.The teams met yesterday in a friendly at the Stade de France before their final league games next weekend.

Les Bleus missed 38-21 winners, scoring five tries in the process, but Racing 92 Le Roux’s lock will have to respond to a panel nominated by World Rugby on Tuesday via a Zoom appeal for a 19th-minute incident when he appeared to enter in contact with Chief Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones during a ruck.

World Rugby’s sanction for any foul play that results in head and / or neck contact is a minimum of six weeks, a decision that would prevent it from playing in the last match of the tournament.

The Six Nations declared: “Bernard Le Roux, second line of France (n ° 4), was cited for an alleged act of fault committed by the independent commissioner with the citation appointed by World Rugby during the friendly match between France and Wales on Saturday October 24, 2020.

“The alleged offense, hitting with the arm (Law 9.12) took place in the 19th minute of the match. ”

Ireland’s 50-17 victory over Italy on Saturday set up a tantalizing showdown with Fabien Galthie’s side on Saturday night (8:05 p.m.).

If either team wins with a bonus point they will win the championship, however, England will be in the mix if it is a draw or if the winner takes just four match points, with a point difference to separate the top two teams.

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France haven’t won the Six Nations since 2010 and haven’t finished in the top two since 2011, but regardless of where they end next weekend, Galthie’s squad have shown promises.

The hosts recovered from a wobbly start to deliver an inspired performance with Cyril Baille, Charles Ollivon and Teddy Thomas adding to two tries from Antoine Dupont, the rest of the points coming from Romain Ntamack’s boot.

Wales quickly took a 10-0 lead but couldn’t stop their opponents’ effectiveness, conceding a second straight loss to France in their 100th match, despite testing by Leigh Halfpenny and Nicky Smith as well that three penalties and a conversion of Dan Biggar. .

Although they always showed defensive weaknesses, they were quick on their feet, quick with their hands to produce exhilarating moves after a seven-month layoff after the Covid-19 break.

“We won after just one training session this week, that’s quite an achievement,” said delighted Galthie.

“We are very happy to start like this after such a long period of rest. But we can do a lot better, there is a lot to do. ”

With the same side that beat England in their Six Nations opener in February, France got off to a bad start.

Halfpenny hit the ground after a brilliant defensive pass from Justin Tipuric, Biggar converting and adding a penalty to put the visitors 10-0 after eight minutes.

Ntamack broke through the defense as he paved the way for Baille’s try, signaling France’s entry into the game.

A few quick and inspired passes led to another French try, from Dupont, who started again before the break after another brilliant shot from Virimi Vakatawa.

Biggar missed two routine penalties that could have closed the gap for Wales as France lacked discipline in the rucks.

Dupont broke into the defense again to set Ollivon for France’s fourth try, only for Smith to pull one off for the visitors, but Wales barely threatened again.

Follow France v Ireland (8:05 PM Saturday) with our live blog on RTÉ Sport Online and the RTÉ News app or listen to live commentary from Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1. Follow France v Ireland from Energia Park in the Six Nations women (1:30 p.m.) Saturday) live on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra.


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