Six Nations kicks off

Earlier today England were less than impressive at home to Italy but were still comfortable winners by 36-11. For Ireland’s opening game in the 6 Nations against France RTÉ’s Brendan Cole had predicted a perhaps optimistic 20-10 final scoreline. At the end of the first half France had already racked up all of those predicted 10 points. But thanks to a great try by Heaslip on 34 minutes Ireland were just ahead by 13-10. France are far from out of this one. Update Second half under way. 3min in BOD scores! 49min. Ireland give the ball away and Medard scores. 53min. And a drop goal. 66min. Solid work by the forwards results in a try for D’Arcy. 76min. Penalty for France. 78min. And for Ireland. Final Score Ireland 30 – France 21. Confident performance by Ireland. Closed out the game well at the end against tough opponents. Adds Eddie Butler on the lessons from day one – “So the message seems to be: advance with caution, make changes advisedly.” More On Sunday, despite a loss of focus in the 2nd half, Wales were convincing victors against Scotland at Murrayfield 13 – 26.