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We must take it to Les Bleus early

Published 13/02/2010 | 05:00

The key to beating France lies in the first 20 minutes.

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Ireland must fire out of the blocks immediately. We must take control of the game in that supremely crucial period.

We have lost so many winnable games in Paris (and Dublin as recently as 2007) because Irish teams incorrigibly allowed the French to monopolise the ball early on.

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