Ireland’s World Cup warm up continued to disappoint as Declan Kidney’s men suffered a defeat against France at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening.
With the Irish sending out a full strength side and the visitors making 13 changes from the team that beat Kidney’s side the week before in Bordeaux, the home side were expected to win yesterday’s game easily. However they suffered a 26-22 defeat and never really looked like claiming the spoils.
An injury to Felix Jones made matters even worse for the hosts and his World Cup participation is now in some doubt. Cian Healy also had to leave the field of play but his injury is not believed to be as serious as Jones’s and he is still expected to make the plane to New Zealand.
Tomas O’Leary struggled at scrumhalf and that position must now be up for grabs. Shane Jennings also failed to deliver on his promise as he came into the side in place of David Wallace. Declan Kidney must now be feeling the pressure as he has only next weekend’s game against England left to finalise his squad before the players head to the World Cup.
“The result is extremely disappointing,” said Kidney, “but we need to learn from it. I’m not trying to get round it, the score was what it was, but some of the things we were working on, particularly the set-pieces, were better.”