Gordon D’Arcy: This could become Ireland's worst ever Six Nations

A bulked-up pack and heads-up rugby can lead to a statement win in Italy

France’s Gregory Alldritt is tackled by Billy Burns of Ireland during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France’s Gregory Alldritt is tackled by Billy Burns of Ireland during the Six Nations game at the Aviva Stadium. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

France are growing before our eyes but Ireland assisted the process. Ending a 10-year winless streak in Dublin removes another millstone from around their necks.

Gaël Fickou is a sizable lump. An unbelievable underage talent, his career stalled until Shaun Edwards walked into Marcoussis with the lifeline of Defensive Captain.

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