Sunday 17 December 2017

Wesley Fofana

POSITION: Centre

AGE: 24

Fofana broke into the Clermont side during the last World Cup and announced himself on the world stage with an incredible flourish to begin his international career – scoring in his first four Six Nations outings. Only the 123rd tackle of last year's pulsating semi-final in Bordeaux from Gordon D'Arcy prevented Fofana deciding that endgame. It had seemed so much easier to score.

Nathan Hines

POSITION: Second-Row

AGE: 36

A former Leinster favourite, Hines' premature departure through injury in last season's semi-final contributed to his side's inability to force home the result. After six weeks on the sidelines with a ban for some tap dancing on Morgan Stodart, he will be refreshed and eager for vengeance.

Morgan Parra

POSITION: Scrum-half

AGE: 24

One almost had to check his age twice, for the diminutive wizard seems to have been a dominant figure on the scene for much longer than the six years since he first debuted for France. Destroyed Ireland in Paris 2010. Bizarrely deployed at out-half during the last World Cup, which didn't faze him. Nothing much does.

Irish Independent

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