Andy Farrell expects Ireland to win their remaining Guinness Six Nations matches and wants to see more creativity from Ireland's backs after their title dreams were abruptly ended at the hands of France.

Farrell’s men set the unwanted record of becoming the first Irish side to suffer successive defeats at the start of a Six Nations campaign following Sunday's loss to Les Bleus and defeat in Wales a week earlier.

Ireland head coach Farrell believes his squad contains players capable of moments of ingenuity but, having struggled to severely test the resolute defence of the tournament favourites during their 15-13 loss, admits more invention is required.

"It’s something that I keep talking to them about and it’s something that I brought up at half-time, specifically to the backs," said Farrell.

"Sometimes, for all of your best-laid plans, it’s about somebody grabbing hold of the game and making something happen.

"Have we got those players? I think we have.

"You see Garry Ringrose cutting through time and time again, you see Hugo (Keenan) is making good strides there, we know what Keith Earls has done in the past for Ireland, Robbie (Henshaw) is in sensational form and you’ve got Jordan (Larmour) there that’s able to break any defence down, so yeah I think we have.

"Sometimes it’s fine margins coming down to players like that, so hopefully we can get them into the game more."

Johnny Sexton (in yellow bib) speaks to his team-mates during the defeat to France

Ireland were without influential trio Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray and James Ryan against the French due to injury, while Peter O’Mahony was suspended following his red card in Cardiff.

Skipper Sexton and Murray are expected to be available for round three of the tournament.

Italy, who have lost their last 29 championship matches, are Ireland’s next opponents on 27 February, before a trip to Scotland on 14 March is followed by the visit of defending champions England six days later.

Farrell expects Ireland to win their remaining championship matches as they seek to restore some pride following a difficult start.

Asked what can be salvaged from the tournament, he replied: "Three victories, and that’s what we expect of ourselves.

"We want to show our character now because obviously Italy are there to win and they are at home, so we will need to take that game on full steam ahead.

"And then obviously going to Murrayfield is no easy task at all, because they are playing particularly well at this moment in time.

"The English here for the last game is another chance to get back to the Aviva (Stadium) and hopefully get the right result, what we expect of ourselves there.

"We’ll continue to fight to keep progressing."