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Ireland v France – Six Nations Rugby Championship: What time, what TV channel and all you need to know

Ireland coach Andy Farrell won't have many key players at his disposal

Ireland opened their campaign in quick-fire fashion, with a 34-10 win over Wales as World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year Josh van der Flier scored the bonus-point try late on. Next up are France, a much tougher prospect despite Ireland’s first win at the Principality Stadium in a decade.

Andy Farrell has lost to the French in his three previous Six Nations encounters as Ireland head coach, so this match is being considered the championship decider as it features the two favourites for the title and the current top two sides in the world.

However, the French were not impressive in their opener, holding off the Italians 29-24 in Rome.

Here is everything you need to know about the game:

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off in the Aviva Stadium is at 2:15 on Saturday, February 11.

Where can I watch it?

The game will be shown on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player and ITV. We'll also be live-blogging all the action as it happens here on

What are the teams?

First up to name their team for this week are France, who revealed their XV for a mouth-watering trip to Dublin yesterday.

It was a testing trip to Italy on Sunday and with just a six-day turnaround for the Ireland clash, but there have been no changes from Fabien Galthié.

Les Bleus, who have stayed in Rome rather than flying back home, have no fresh injury concerns.

Ireland also named their team yesterday with Dan Sheehan missing out with a hamstring injury. The hooker joins Jamison Gibson-Park, Robbie Henshaw, Tadhg Furlong and Cian Healy on the injury list.

His spot has been taken by Ulster's Rob Herring, with Rónan Kelleher taking a place on the bench.

Conor Murray is named at No 9 as news broke his father Gerry had been seriously injured when his bike collided with a truck in Limerick.

Ireland team to play France on Saturday – H Keenan; M Hansen, G Ringrose, S McCloskey, J Lowe; J Sexton (capt), C Murray; A Porter, R Herring, F Bealham; T Beirne, J Ryan; P O’Mahony, J van der Flier, C Doris. Reps: R Kelleher, D Kilcoyne, T O’Toole, I Henderson, J Conan, C Casey, R Byrne, B Aki.

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