Eddie O'Sullivan believes success at the Stade de France is Ireland's to throw away as they face a home team in transition, disorganised and with a rookie at outhalf.

Jacques Brunel named teenager Matthieu Jalibert in his first 15 yesterday, a 19-year-old who only made his Bordeaux-Begles debut three months ago. He has never played international rugby and will come up against one of the best in the business in the form of Jonathan Sexton.

Brunel himself only took the reins before Christmas and has had little time to shape his side or imprint his philosophy on the panel.

This, coupled with a content and in-form Ireland camp, has led many to back an away win tomorrow. Former Ireland head coach O'Sullivan does not disagree.

"This era of French rugby, if you go back over the last four or five years, has probably been their worst, certainly in modern history," he told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.

"I think it's very French (picking Jalibert) because it's Brunel giving himself an insurance policy. He's a very talented player don't get me wrong, but if he lights it up and has one of these wonder days, it's great and this is the way forward for France. If they lose it's like, well we're building for the future. 

"I just think they're in a very bad place. It's as good (a time) as ever to go to France to play them. It's their first game of the championship as well - they're going to be less organised than ever.

"They may get slightly better as the tournament goes on because they've more time together.

"They only met their coaching staff less than two weeks ago. You still have to go and beat them but I would think this is ours to lose. If we lose this game we'll look back on it and go through all the things we did badly. I don't think it'll be what they did so well.

"We're in a good place. We've a very stable squad, we've very few injuries, most of our key guys are available and we've a coach with the team now going into this fifth season and he's got a great record.

"We shouldn't be talking the French up really. If anything we should be talking ourselves up."

Ireland: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best (capt), Tadhg Furlong; James Ryan, Iain Henderson; Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, CJ Stander. 

Replacements: Sean Cronin, Jack McGrath, John Ryan, Devin Toner, Dan Leavy, Luke McGrath, Joey Carbery, Fergus McFadden. 

France: Geoffrey Palis; Teddy Thomas, Remi Lamerat, Henry Chavancy, Virimi Vakatawa, Matthieu Jalibert, 9 Maxime Machenaud; Kevin Gourdon, Yacouba Camara, Wenceslas Lauret, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Arthur Iturria, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado (cap), Jefferson Poirot.

Replacements: Adrien Pelissie, Dany Priso, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Marco Tauleigne, Antoine Dupont, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall.

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