Ireland ready and eager to leave for France

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Ireland ready and eager to leave for France


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Béibhinn Parsons and the rest of the Ireland squad are ready to go and prepare as usual for their Six Nations clash against France on Saturday despite the uncertainty over the game.

The IRFU is in talks with the government about a waiver for the France team after the country’s addition to the mandatory hotel quarantine list, which takes effect from Thursday.

Currently there is no allowance for elite teams, a situation which would also impact Leinster’s trip to France to play La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals in just under three. weeks.

“As players we’ve been very flexible and adaptable over the past 12 months and this week is no different,” said Parsons, who scored two tries in Ireland’s 45-0 win over Wales, to RTÉ Sport.

“As far as I know and as far as anyone knows, we’re playing against France this weekend and we’re working on that goal post so that’s all I know, and fingers crossed that’s how it remains. “

Adam Griggs’ side had not played for six months due to coronavirus-related cancellations, but broke out of the block in Cardiff, earning a bonus point within 20 minutes.

Parsons, from Galway, insisted the demolition work of seven trials came as no surprise to the team.

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“Certainly not,” said the 19-year-old winger.

“We had goals and goals for ourselves and if we hadn’t beaten Wales we would have been devastated.

“We had 20 [training] camps together; we were able to bond and gel as a team, so we were like a boiling kettle.

“We couldn’t wait to leave after six months. It wasn’t a question of rust, it was more a question of preparation.

“It’s due to the competition within the team. Our training has been intense in the test match and we are aiming for that. Our GPS stats – we tried to match the test-match stats or more because we have such competition and inter-team games, I think we were like a well-oiled machine, we were good to go. “

France, who have a semi-professional squad, opened their campaign with an equally complete victory over Wales, 53-0, on the opening weekend and Parson has said they will not allow their own victory against the Welsh to get him to the head.

“France is a whole different beast,” said the UCD student.

“They’re really going to test us on a set piece, their three backs are world class. They’ll probably bring a lot more kicks, so we’re not going ahead.

“We are happy with the victory in Wales but we have a few things to rectify for France. “

Follow Ireland v France (2:15 p.m., Saturday) via our live blog on RTE.ie and the RTÉ News app or watch live on RTÉ2 or RTÉ Player, listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday Sport.

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