Ryan making his 2nd test start for Ireland vs France in 6N

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France meanwhile have six uncapped players in their side, including Bordeaux's 19-year-old prodigy Matthieu Jalibert, who will become the youngest fly-half to start a Five or Six Nations game for France.

Having returned from injury in time for the last November series, the former Cooley Kickhams GAA player is set to earn his 79th cap and 75th start against the French.

Ryan, 21, will partner Iain Henderson in the engine room, while Bundee Aki and Jacob Stockdale will make their Six Nations debuts.

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

Six Nations rugby officials plan to investigate the use of head injury assessment protocols to see if France benefited during their tournament-opening loss to Ireland.

Wales host Scotland in the first game of the competition from 2:15. "That suits me very well", he said defiantly.

The HIA is not without its flaws and the manner in which referees no longer take any chances is to be commended, but what happened in the 76th minute in Paris was scandalous.

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However, with new France coach Jacques Brunel making some bold choices, including naming teenager Matthieu Jalibert at flyhalf, Schmidt said even the most recent performance should matter little. We also have the experience of Fergus McFadden who is also a pretty accomplished goal-kicker too. 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".

"The HIA Review Processor is reviewing a number of incidents from the France v Ireland match in the senior men's championship". "One of the reasons is to find out", said Schmidt when asked if Ryan was ready for such a challenge.

"I think this is a big issue and lots of players are in agreement that that's unacceptable because it's us this weekend, Wales weren't so lucky past year". "It's a position we don't have huge depth in, we've got young guys pushing through and we've given James an opportunity".

Schmidt explained: "We felt he went really well against Montpellier and we are looking forward to seeing what he will deliver".

That was the highlight of a hard debut for the 19-year-old Bordeaux playmaker, who was forced to leave the pitch moments later after a large collision with the imposing frame of Ireland new boy Bundee Aki, which left both players on the deck.

When asked what he thought of before kicking the winning goal, the fly-half said: "I went back to many years ago when we played Treviso away and I was in an nearly identical position and just flashed back to that".

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

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