Injury-plagued Six Nations Championship most open in years

Injury-plagued Six Nations Championship most open in years

Javier Howell
February 6, 2018

Much is expected of 20-year-old full-back Jordan Larmour and 21-year-old winger Jacob Stockdale, who will make their Six Nations debuts today against France at the Stade de France.

Talking point: Ireland's 2018 Six Nations campaign is up and running with this opening-day victory.

It's less than eight months since Six Nations chiefs reprimanded France for infringing the replacement laws.

I think protecting the players has been ramped up since we were involved two years ago.

"I thought it was pretty disgraceful. for the French doctor to say 'Oh, that's a HIA'".

Maxime Machenaud then got France off the mark with his first penalty in the 36th minute before Sexton landed his third three minutes later.

Favourites England are looking to become the first side to win three successive outright titles, but England coach Eddie Jones has labelled Ireland as the team to beat.

With the player visibly limping as he was supported off the field and down the tunnel, Owens repeatedly sought confirmation of the HIA call as it certainly appeared that the player had suffered an injury to his leg rather than his head.

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Irish players protested the decision with Ireland outhalf Johnny Sexton arguing with match referee Nigel Owens, while TV pictures showed Dupont being helped down the tunnel by two French medical staff.

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Thomas collected a kick out wide, skipped past an Ireland defender and raced clear from distance before diving under the posts. "That suits me very well", he said defiantly.

But Sexton redeemed himself in flawless fashion with the last gasp victor.

Along the way they have also successfully incorporated young talent‚ as was evidenced with their two-nil Test series win in Argentina in June past year. "It's the sign of a real champion to step up and go again (after his penalty miss) and that's what he is".

"We've chosen him there because he has a bit more assurance, a bit more experience at global level than Marco Tauleigne", Brunel said, adding that he will use Tauleigne's "power" during the course of the match.

Keith Earls will win his 64th cap on the wing while flanker Josh van der Flier fills the considerable vacuum left by the injured British and Irish Lions star Sean O'Brien.