Sunday 20 October 2019

Johnny Sexton, Brian O'Driscoll and roosters! - Memorable moments against the French

Johnny Sexton, left, celebrates the monster drop-goal that sunk France in Paris in 2018 (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Johnny Sexton, left, celebrates the monster drop-goal that sunk France in Paris in 2018 (Gareth Fuller/PA)

We asked our readers for their favourite moments from past meetings between Ireland and France.

"Watching France's full back, Serge Blanco, running the full length of the pitch in Lansdowne Road to score a magnificent try that changed the game and France went on to win a game that Ireland looked like winning. Sheer class." – Michael, Munster fan

"2018, Johnny Sexton, who could forget it. Great persistence from Ireland not to give up on a lost cause. Great move finishing in a wonderful score." – Martin, Munster fan

"The time Peter Clohessy came off with blood coming down his face like a warrior in battle" – Brian, Munster fan

"A young Brian O'Driscoll coming on the scene and beating France nearly on his own!" – Robert, Leinster fan

"French supporters releasing roosters onto the pitch during the second half in the 1990's" – Brendan, Leinster fan

"Tragedy at the end of the game in Croke Park - that last-minute French try - very painful. That shows the power of sport to enrich life, even if it hurts." – John, Leinster fan

"BOD's hat trick in Paris in 2000. Class." – Ken, Leinster fan

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"Being at Brian O'Driscoll's final game for Ireland in Paris, winning the Six Nations that year. Great tributes payed to the man himself before and at half time." – Killian, Leinster fan

"Winning the championship in 2014 by withstanding a late French onslaught and providing Brian O'Driscoll with the perfect retirement send off." – Karl, Munster fan

"Only realising that Johnny's drop goal had gone over when the scoreboard changed in Stade de France and then pretending not to understand the sulky French teenager beside me in the stadium when she wanted to get past. Just minutes before she'd been cheering in my ear thinking France had won." – Susan, Leinster fan

"Brian O'Driscoll's 3 tries (2000) on an unbelievable day to announce the arrival of the best 13 in world rugby." – Paul, Munster fan

"Denis Hickie's last gasp tackle on Dal Maso to save a certain try in our first win in Paris" – Mark, Leinster fan

"2014 when we beat France 22-20 in Paris, Brian O'Driscoll's last match, Sexton getting two tries and then getting knocked out, and France thought they had won it at the death except the pass was forward, a game that had it all!" – Peter, Connacht fan

"The unbeatable atmosphere in the stadium. Absolutely electric. A winning drop goal from Johnny The King made all the stadium ecstatically sing!" – Paul, Leinster fan

"Has to be the drop goal by Johnny Sexton last year to secure the win and go on to win the Grand Slam, the nerves were shot that day." – Darren, Leinster fan

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