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07 February, 2018

France's teenage sensation Matthieu Jalibert is likely to miss the remainder of their Six Nations campaign after he sustained a serious knee injury in Saturday's dramatic 15-13 defeat by Ireland in Paris.

"He's got his bearings".

O'Driscoll tweeted: "Just because we won with an INCREDIBLE 42 METER drop goal that HIA decision shouldn't get swept under the carpet".

Ryan, who made his Ireland debut in the summer before playing for Leinster, was selected at lock ahead of Devin Toner.

"He's very sure of himself under the opponent's kicks, which will be very useful against Ireland", said Brunel, adding that Palis might take the longer penalty kicks. Lovelace added: "Scotland won't be surprising anyone this season, because their Six Nations rivals will not be taking them lightly after some impressive results from this young exciting side past year". "We're really looking forward to seeing what he delivers on Saturday".

"It's a position we don't have huge depth in, and we've given James an opportunity", Schmidt said.

Though Schmidt says he's close to making it.

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Josh van der Flier is a major doubt for the Dublin encounter, after he suffered knee ligament damage during the victory in Paris.

As Wales prepare to host resurgent Scotland in Cardiff for the Six Nations opener today, Welsh star Sam Warburton is expecting the most competitive edition of Europe's elite global rugby competition.

At just 19 and with only 15 senior appearances under his belt, Jalibert appears to be a choice for the future despite Brunel's insistence he wants to try and win the 2018 Six Nations title.

Sexton was forced off after taking a big hit when Ireland lost in the French capital two years ago following a late Maxime Medard try. However we have seen in the past how devastating a French team can be when they play with no fear or restraint.

"When (Sexton) struck the drop goal I was just willing it had enough distance to go over", said Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

"I'd hope that it's not".

Even as the academies continue to produce the talent in assembly-line fashion, the New Zealander's rise through the ranks has been remarkable.

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