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Positives for Farrell but Paris will be step up and the true test of Ireland progress

Plenty to please Farrell in Saturday's seven-try rout against Italy but title pressure and resurgent France represent a real step up

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Magic moment: Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony offloads out of a tackle by Italy’s Federico Mori in the build-up to a try by Bundee Aki. Photo: Sportsfile

Magic moment: Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony offloads out of a tackle by Italy’s Federico Mori in the build-up to a try by Bundee Aki. Photo: Sportsfile

Magic moment: Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony offloads out of a tackle by Italy’s Federico Mori in the build-up to a try by Bundee Aki. Photo: Sportsfile

In these straitened times, the IRFU could really do with an Irish win in Paris next Saturday. The difference between first and fourth place is €3.3m, so there is more at stake than a trophy after the curfew sets in in Paris.

Andy Farrell and his team know that a bonus-point win at the Stade de France will guarantee them the title.


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