Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
watch listen BBC Sport BBC Sport
Low graphics|Help
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Friday, 21 September 2007, 19:19 GMT 20:19 UK
Rugby World Cup photos

A nervous French fan waits for the start of the crucial pool match at the Stade de France

A nervous French fan waits for the start of the crucial pool match against Ireland at the Stade de France

Nicolas Sarkozy and Bertie Ahern pose with Ireland and France shirts respectively

French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Republic of Ireland prime minister Bertie Ahern enjoy some pre-match banter in Paris

France totem Sebastien Chabal looks stern-faced during the pre-match warm-up in Paris

France totem Sebastien Chabal looks stern-faced during the pre-match warm-up in Paris

France full-back Clement Poitrenaud dives for the line as Ireland's defence gets across

France full-back Clement Poitrenaud nearly scores the first try of the match but is ruled to be in touch

Chabal, playing in the second row rather than at number eight, soars to take a line-out

Chabal, playing in the second row rather than at number eight, soars to take a line-out

Ireland flanker Simon Easterby fails to claim a high kick under pressure from several French forwards

Both sides launch a series of high balls as France take a 12-3 half-time lead at the Stade de France

Sebastien Chabal takes on Shane Horgan and Ronan O'Gara

Chabal lasts just five minutes into the second half before being replaced by Lionel Nallet

Ireland prop John Hayes takes on the French defence in the second half in Paris

Ireland prop John Hayes goes on the attack but France manage to stretch their lead to 15-3

Vincent Clerc looks on in despair as the ball rolls free

Vincent Clerc is denied this time but the Toulouse wing grabs two tries in quick succession as France stretch clear

Vincent Clerc and Frederic Michalak celebrate France's first try

Clerc's first comes from a sublime disguised chip by mercurial France fly-half Frederic Michalak

Vincent Clerc scores his and France's second try

Clerc's second try puts France 25-3 up and they run out easy winners to revitalise their quarter-final hopes



SEE ALSO
Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

BBC PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Daily and weekly e-mails | Mobiles | Desktop Tools | News Feeds | Interactive Television | Downloads
Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

Help | Privacy & Cookies Policy | News sources | About the BBC | Contact us