Ireland's matches at Stade de France
About the Ireland rugby team
The Ireland rugby union team consists of the best professional players in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. A unique situation for international rugby teams.
It participates in major international rugby union competitions, the Rugby Union World Cup and the Six Nations Championship. In terms of performances at the World Cup, the Irish have never managed to get past the quarter-finals and in 2007, they failed to pass the group stage.
The Irish rugby union team is, today, still considered as one of the best national teams in the world. On October 5 2015, it was placed fifth in the ranking of national rugby teams. Regularly its top scorer since 2000, Ronan O'Gara is one of the team's iconic players. He holds the record for points scored with 1,083 points.
Ireland's previous matches at Stade de France
On February 13 2016, France faced the Ireland rugby union team at Stade de France in the Six Nations Championship. Two draws and three losses later, Guy Novès' men had another chance to try to beat this formidable Irish team. On the soaked pitch of Stade de France, after having been behind for 70 minutes, France finally managed to win again thanks to a dominant scrum (10-9).
On March 15 2014, a France/Ireland match was played at Stade de France. Ireland won the 2014 Championship by winning against France (22-20). The French XV failed to overcome this Irish team, despite a flawless state of mind and a real desire to do well. Despite being less adventurous, Joe Schmidt's men were more together, more disciplined and more experienced and managed to stifle the French initiatives to clinch this valuable victory. An even more enjoyable victory as the iconic centre of the Irish XV, Brian O'Driscoll, won his 141th and final international cap.