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Six Nations: Italy head coach Jacques Brunel says Ireland can beat France

Last Updated: 08/03/14 8:28pm

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Andrew Trimble: Scores one of Ireland's seven tries

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Italy head coach Jacques Brunel tipped Ireland to win the Six Nations championship in Paris next weekend after conceding his side suffered their worst defeat in his tenure.

In his final Test appearance in Dubin, Brian O'Driscoll led Ireland to a resounding seven-try 46-7 victory that puts Joe Schmidt's side in pole position for the championship.

Victory over France in Paris next weekend will see Ireland lift the trophy.

Ireland have only won once in 42 years in Paris - when O'Driscoll scored a hat-trick in 2000 - but Brunel believes they can achieve just that after watching his side put to the sword by Schmidt's team.

"I think Ireland can win the tournament because they have great continuity in

their performance," he said.

"They are showing this over many games, like the All Blacks in November and

even against England despite the defeat.

"From a result point of view, this is our worst performance in my time.

"But in the first half we showed good defence, and we had some good


"In the second half Ireland kept the ball, and our defence wasn't as

competitive as in the first half."

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