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Six nations: against Scotland, can Ireland lose everything?


This Sunday (4 p.m.), the XV du Chardon receives the Irish. A meeting between the last two contenders for the Grand Slam.

Ireland is the last team to qualify for a possible Grand Slam.

But before that, it will first be necessary to negotiate a perilous trip to Murrayfield in Scotland this Sunday.

A reverse of the XV of Clover could totally reshuffle the cards and benefit, why not, to Scotland or… To the XV of France, even if there will be one last day left the following weekend.

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For this meeting, Andy Farrell will be able to count on the returns of the indestructible Tadhg Furlong and Jonathan Sexton.

Executives Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Garry Ringrose and Hugo Keenan will also be present.

Scotland, main obstacle on the path of the Irish

The "ballad" of the Irish in this Tournament continues.

After having largely disposed of Wales (10-34), the XV of France (32-19) and Italy (20-34), the XV of Leek seems to be heading straight for a victory in this Tournament.

A Grand Slam?

Josh van der Flier doesn't prefer to think about it.


It's probably something we could have mentioned at the start of the tournament, so I wouldn't say it was a taboo word, no.

But, with the threat that awaits us this weekend against a Scotland team playing so well, it would probably be naive of us to start talking about a Grand Slam.

After having eliminated the men of Fabien Galthié - holders of the title - the Irish see a new adversary stand up, surely more formidable than the

Josh van der Flier is one of the strong men of the Irish XV.

Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto / PANORAMIC

Scotland failed to win against the XV of France in the Dionysian enclosure two weeks ago.

However, Finn Russell's teammates have won two wins against Wales and England, moreover with style each time.

And who could make us lie about the fact that a meeting at Murrayfield is never played?

Certainly nobody.

And for the 100th selection of the back Stuart Hogg, the men of Gregor Townsend will give everything.

What if Ireland loses?

Of the last seven confrontations in Scotland since 2010 in the Tournament, the Irish have won four times, in close matches each time, with the exception of a meeting in 2015, largely in favor of the XV of Clover (10- 40).

The Irish are more than ever favorites to win the Tournament and the Grand Slam.

But this Saturday at Twickenham, the Blues humiliated England (10-53).

“We will follow it closely tomorrow, being behind Scotland” also underlined Antoine Dupont at the microphone of France 2 after the meeting.

In short, the Irish could afford a gap this Sunday in Scotland but will have to ensure next weekend against the XV de la Rose.

Source: lefigaro

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