Published: Wed, February 07, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

CJ Stander tells Ireland to beware French prodigy Matthieu Jalibert

CJ Stander tells Ireland to beware French prodigy Matthieu Jalibert

Six Nations chiefs on Sunday revealed they will review several incidents relating to head injury protocols in Ireland's 15-13 win over France.

After the match, France coach Jacques Brunel pointed out that they were not responsible for the decision to impose HIAs, saying: "There were collisions".

There was more injury woe for Les Bleus as halfback Antoine Dupont's season was ended after he also picked up a knee injury.

Ireland will hand 21-year-old Leinster lock James Ryan his first Six Nations start on Saturday, opting for a more dynamic second row partner for Iain Henderson as Joe Schmidt's side bids for a winning start in France.

It took about 50 minutes to attain anything like the energy levels we saw in the Wales-Scotland match in Cardiff and we were briefly treated to a rendition of La Marseillaise.

"I don't think we could've gone on another couple of phases, but we got there in the end".

Scrum-half Machenaud assumed chief goal-kicking responsibilities from the start of the match, landing two penalties.

However we have seen in the past how devastating a French team can be when they play with no fear or restraint.

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Former Ireland Under-20s captain Ryan has always been earmarked as a future Test leader, and now has the chance to cement his promise against a powerful French pack.

"We try to put pressure on any fly-half we come up against, so it will be no different with Jalibert this weekend".

"I thought it was pretty disgraceful", said O'Driscoll.

Because I can't deal with the "Ja, that's what happens when you play an inexperienced flyhalf" comments if he doesn't...

And even if he doesn't turn out to be as good as a Wilkinson or Carter, Brunel believes Jalibert could at least emulate versatile former worldwide half-back Frederik Michalak, a player who made his France debut 16 years ago, just a month after turning 19.

While BOD felt that Nigel Owens' officiating left a lot to be desired on Saturday, he says that the HIA issue is not the fault of the referee.

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.

"And how you handle that, I suppose that does separate those who can step up and those who cannot", added the Ireland skipper.

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