Europe 1 with AFP 11:27 p.m., February 06, 2023

The XV of France will challenge Ireland on Saturday afternoon and the Blues will benefit from the absence of several executives on the Irish side.

Right prop Tadhg Furlong, scrum half Jamison Gibson-Park and left prop Cian Healy will be absent.

As for Johnny Sexton, before applying, he will have to pass a concussion protocol.

Injured scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park and prop Tadhg Furlong will not play Ireland's game against France, the Irish Rugby Federation announced on Monday, a few days before the second day of the VI Tournament. Nations.

Gibson-Park (30, 23 caps), who withdrew at the last minute in the victory over Wales (34-10), was hit in the thigh, as was veteran prop Cian Healy (35). years, 121 caps), also forfeited against the Welsh and who will be absent against France.

Furlong (30 years old, 58 selections), he is insufficiently recovered from a calf injury.

Gibson-Park and Furlong are replaced numerically by Connacht scrum-half Caolin Blade and Leinster stalwart Michael Milne.


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Sexton uncertain

The other important information is the possible absence of opener and captain Johnny Sexton.

Back in Cardiff after surgery on a cheekbone, Leinster's number 10 is out, victim of a leg crutch during the match against Wales.

An absence of the Irish star would be a real blow.

The Irish, world number 1, face France, which comes out of a sluggish victory in Italy (29-24), Saturday in Dublin, during the 2nd day of the Six Nations Tournament.