After two defeats in their opening Guinness Six Nations games, Ireland, in the view of Bernard Jackman, Eddie O'Sullivan and Donal Lenihan are just not connecting the parts properly, despite some good moments so far.

The trio were speaking on RTÉ's Against The Head as they dissected the loss to France at the Aviva Stadium.

Jackman lamented Ireland's inability to make better use out wide in a period where the French were down to 14 man at the Aviva Stadium.

"We didn't really change strategy, we kicked the ball a lot and did not get it into those outside channels," he said.

"We really could have gone after them. 

"Unfortunately at the moment we are not trusting ourselves to throw that pass, we overrun it." 

He then highlighted what he thought was a change of tactics after the Japan World Cup. 

"Remember post-World Cup when Mike Catt came in (as attack coach) and he said we were going to be an off-loading team, play on our feet and play heads up. In terms of stats, and I know it's only after two rounds, France are top with 20 off-loads, Italy are second on 12 and we are bottom on six.

"It's obviously not part of our game now and that's fine, but a part of our game that we are set up to try and play is into those wide channels.

"We need to confidence and detail to try and get there and give the likes of Keith Earls and James Lowe decent opportunities to take people on but we are not giving them anything to play off."

Former national coach O'Sullivan looked at certain players in the quest to go wide, when saying: "When we've turned down those opportunities, it's our 9, 10, 12 and 13, our key decision makers - they are supposed to be executing these plays."

"It's not like a tighthead prop turned up in those positions and got flustered."

Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw at 12 and 13, by all accounts had a good day out against Wales - but were not as effective against France.

Assessing their contributions, Lenihan hones in on where the broad problem lies with this Irish team.

"They had their moments (against France), Garry Ringrose in particular. But their moments are individual brilliance - they are the ones stepping in, making the line breaks. It's not part of a collective plan and that's the worry for me.

"I think Henshaw has had an outstanding championship to date; he is Ireland's most consistent player but it's all stuff that he's doing on a one-off. It's not linked. Individual parts of our game are going very well but they are not being stitched together."