Ireland began a Six Nations with back-to-back defeats for the first time after falling narrowly short against France in Dublin.

Two defensive lapses proved costly as France scored tries in either half through captain Charles Ollivon and Damien Penaud. 

Ronan Kelleher's second-half try kept Andy Farrell’s depleted hosts in contention until the final whistle, but the 15-13 defeat means their title hopes are all but over after just two games.

Hugo Keenan - 6

A mixed bag from the full-back, who was outshone by his opposite number but still showed some nice moments in attack.

Could arguably have held onto the ball for a bit longer to try and draw Dulin in the lead-up to Lowe's no-try, Keenan then misread a long kick downfield by Dupont on the half-hour but atoned by launching – and regathering – a garryowen.

Was given little opportunity to show his attacking qualities in the second half but kept fighting until the finish.

Keith Earls - 7

Ran over Matthieu Jalibert with an early carry as he looked to right the wrongs of his performance in Cardiff.

Earls was excellent under the high ball and was cynically tripped by Bernard Le Roux when chasing a box kick, which saw the France lock yellow-carded.

Garry Ringrose – 7

Ireland's most dangerous player in attack. Ringrose always looked threatening with ball in hand and made some lovely breaks through traffic.

Reacted quickest when Dulin knocked on from a high ball, which led to Ireland opening the scoring.

Robbie Henshaw - 6

Picked up where he left off against Wales. Henshaw carried with force and often slotted into first receiver to help relieve some of the pressure on Burns.

Less prominent in the second period as Ireland struggled to get out of their own half.

James Lowe - 6

Showcased his ferocious strength when he ran over Dulin to cross in the corner, only for his foot to glance the touchline.

Ireland used Lowe's powerful left boot to good effect as they struggled for territory.

However, he was again exposed in defence, charging out of the line and missing a tackle on Brice Dulin, which resulted in a try for Penaud.

Billy Burns - 6

Kicked well out of hand, leading the aerial bombardment of Dulin, and quickly put a terrible first shot at goal behind him by nailing his second attempt.

Burns helped create Ireland's best chance in the first half when he put Lowe away down the wing.

Forced off for a HIA on 41 minutes after a brave tackle on Gregory Alldritt and didn’t return.

Jamison Gibson-Park - 6

A poor defensive read resulted in France's first try, which overshadowed a decent display by the scrum-half.

Gibson-Park’s box kicks were accurate and he combined brilliantly with Lowe late on, only to be tackled into touch after his team-mates were too slow to react to his break.

However, this outing will be most remembered for his decision to bite in on Gael Fickou and leave Ollivon in acres of space for the opening try.

Cian Healy - 7

A trademark performance from the loosehead as he became Ireland's most capped prop.

Got the better of the powerful Mohamed Haouas at scrum time and made a team-high 14 tackles.

Will be frustrated to cough up a cheap penalty on 38 minutes when he was caught on the wrong side of a ruck, which allowed Jalibert to extend France’s lead to seven points.

Forced to leave the pitch for a lengthy period after a nasty clash of heads with Henderson.

Rob Herring - 6

The hooker's darts were on the money as Ireland excelled at the lineout.

Worked hard at the breakdown but was fortunate a missed tackle on his opposite number Julien Marchand on 42 minutes didn’t result in a try.

Andrew Porter - 7

Excelled at scrum time. Porter got the better of France loosehead Cyril Baille and carried with force, albeit for little reward.

Nailed Jalibert with a big tackle on 52 minutes as he ran back Gibson-Park's kick and departed moments later.

Tadhg Beirne - 6

Combined well with Henderson at lineout time and popped up with a couple of brilliant turnovers in the second half.

Iain Henderson - 8

Stepped up with a captain's performance and set the tone with an early charge-down on Dulin.

Henderson tackled himself into the ground and was exceptional at the lineout as Ireland disrupted the French set-piece.

Was off the pitch for France's second try following a clash of heads with Healy.

Rhys Ruddock - 6

Justified his selection by helping Ireland gain dominance in the set-piece.

Got through a mountain of work, although a couple of spilled balls will be a source of frustration.

Josh van der Flier - 6

Another tireless performer in the back row but Ireland were often frustrated at the breakdown.

Made a vital tackle on Gabin Villiere on 51 minutes as the France wing threatened to break downfield.

CJ Stander - 8

Made a team-leading 19 carries and 93 metres. Stander combined nicely with Keenan on the half-hour, his offload releasing the full-back.

Repeatedly got his hands on the ball at the breakdown to frustrate France.


Ross Byrne (for Burns, 41) - 6

Got great hang time on his restarts and nailed his shots at goal. Struggled to get Ireland motoring in attack as they chased the game late on.

Ed Byrne (for Healy, 42-57 blood replacement, 70) - 6

Was unable to get a hand on Dulin as he set up Penaud for a try, Byrne picked up where Healy left off at scrum time.

Ultan Dillane (for Henderson, 42-59 blood replacement; for Beirne, 73) - 6

Stepped up in attack and defence while covering for the bloodied Henderson, before coming on as a permanent replacement for Beirne late on.

Tadhg Furlong (for Porter, 53) - 6

Plenty of big carries from the tighthead as Ireland battled for territory.

Ronan Kelleher (for Herring, 56) - 6

Grabbed a try within seconds of his introduction, the hooker reacting quickest to a loose ball at the front of a lineout.

Will Connors (for Van der Flier, 65) - 7

Made an impact when introduced and shackled Antoine Dupont with an excellent tackle as he threatened off the back of a scrum.

Jordan Larmour (for Earls, 68) - 6

Tried hard to get involved but found space at a premium.