‘I’ve had nightmares about Ireland’ – Bru

Date published: February 24 2017

France forwards coach Yannick Bru admitted he has had nightmares about the Ireland loose-trio and that his charges will try to subdue them this weekend.

France will play Ireland in Dublin on Saturday in the third round of the Six Nations after claiming a hard-earned 22-16 over Scotland in Paris.

The French assistant coach believes one of Ireland’s greatest weapons is their loose-trio that is made up of eighth man and captain Jamie Heaslip, openside Sean O’Brien and in-form blindside CJ Stander.

Bru says they will try and keep the rampaging trio at bay on Saturday.

“It’s their ability to play fast and well,” Bru told the Belfast Telegraph.

“Their speed, their skills, they are fast and very skilled and they don’t make many mistakes, and when they create that intensity in the game it’s always a good performance. We will try to fight them with our defence, but we know it will be a big challenge.

Bru added that since the 2015 World Cup the strength of the Irish side has worried him.

“Since the last World Cup I’ve had a lot of nightmares about Ireland. We know how they play, they will have the position and they will make a lot of phases.

“We’re ready to face them, we’ve worked on defence. We’re convinced they will challenge us on our ability to be physically ready. We know everything about Ireland as they know everything about France.

“There won’t be a lot of surprises but we’re ready for the challenge.”