Three key stats
France and Ireland have contested a total of 96 rugby tests. France have won 56, Ireland 33 matches and there have been seven drawn
2. Of the 36 players in the Ireland squad, 15 players have less than 10 Test caps.
France finished in the top half of the Six Nations last year for the first time since 2011.
What are they saying?
Irish team manager Joe Schmidt: “I’ve probably thought less about the tournament than I have in the last four years, I’ve thought more about France, I’ve thought more about us than I ever have because we’ve got the youngest squad we’ve had and it’s about investing in those players as much as we can in this very short window that we have to try to be competitive, hit the ground running and put our best performance together in that first 20 minutes in France, let alone 40 minutes, let alone 80.
“This Six Nations we have the youngest squad we have had and there is a degree of excitement in that. It does not mean we change the way we play.
“It means some players will play slightly differently. We have got guys, you look at skill sets, at personnel, and you look at some of the players we had four years ago and you look at the new breed of forward that comes out of teams and their comfort level on the ball which allows them to play slightly differently."
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2018/02/03/france-vs-ireland-six-nations-2018-tv-channel-latest-odds/