Six Nations 2012: Best looking for historic Ireland win over France

Ulster hooker Rory Best believes Ireland can claim a rare win on French soil when the two sides meet at Stade de France on Sunday

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Ireland take on France in Paris on Sunday Photo: M+MD, via Flickr

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Ireland hooker Rory Best knows history is not on their side when their rearranged Six Nations clash with France gets underway this weekend but he insists the odds might just be in their favour this time around.

A frozen pitch at the Stade de France two weeks ago meant that Ireland’s clash with Les Bleus was delayed until this Sunday.

That means the Irish will come into the game on the back of a five-try mauling of Italy rather than a heartbreaking defeat to Wales, that would have been the case originally.

And the 29-year-old insists the confidence his side have taken from their Italian victory could very well prove the difference in Paris this time around.

Ireland have only won once in France since 1972 when Brian O’Driscoll emerged as the hat-trick hero in 2000.

“The record books say that us winning in Paris doesn’t happen very often, so from an Irish point of view it would be a massive result for us,” said Best.

“We go there full of confidence, but we’re fully aware of how long it’s been since we’ve beaten them in Paris.

“It’s a massive challenge, but we have a massive opportunity to write ourselves into the history books. As competitive players you want to have these big moments in your career. Sunday evening can be one of those for us.

“Now we’re coming off the back of a good win and have scored five tries against Italy. You don’t often see Italy concede 40 points these days.

“It’s very encouraging to go to France with that in the bank. We’ve also had another few weeks together so we’re ironing out the wrinkles.

“But any time you to go Paris is an exciting time. We want the win that has been so elusive for Irish rugby for so long.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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