After a dominant 45-0 win for Ireland against Wales last Saturday, thoughts immediately turned to the encounter with France this weekend.

Unsurprisingly, given the excellent collective and individual displays from the likes of Béibhinn Parsons and Hannah Tyrrell among others, head coach Adam Griggs has named an unchanged side for the Women's Six Nations encounter.

But how are Ireland set for what will undoubtedly be a step up against France compared to Wales?

Former Ireland front row Fiona Hayes has scrutinised the scrum and pack that excelled last week and believes that area holds the key to chances of going toe to toe with the French.

"I've been watching the scrums in detail and over the last year or two," she told the RTÉ Rugby Podcast.

"They really seem to have nailed down that detail, especially Linda Djougang. Her body height - and Lindsay (Peat) was the same - they were just perfectly balanced and it's like the time together they've spent as a front row with Cliodhna Moloney, it's like they're getting better and better as they go on because we never doubted any of their ball-carrying ability around the park."

Listen to the RTÉ Rugby podcast on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

We need your consent to load this YouTube contentWe use YouTube to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

While Ireland's dominance at set-piece against Wales was impressive, Hayes added that France also possess a strong pack.

"They absolutely did the exact same thing to Wales that Ireland have done. So I'm very excited, looking at that battle at scrum time especially to see will the girls revert back to old ways," she said.

"But I don't think so. I think that gelling has really come together and it's going to be a big, big battle up front at scrum time.

"And also line-outs, I have to compliment that. It was something that was at the 50 or 60% effective mark which wouldn't be good enough for international rugby and they've really nailed that down."

Elsewhere around the pitch, former Ireland centre Grace Davitt believes there will be a confidence to be expressive with ball in hand within the Irish squad.

Hotel quarantine exemption for elite athletes confirmed by Minister

"The match of experience in Ireland and fresh talent is amazing and France have the exact same," she said.

"What that brings is you have the support structure of Sene Naoupu there and the confidence - and we've seen it in years previous where you have the confidence of youth coming in, they're not afraid to try things and make a mistake. We've seen that with Ireland."

Davitt added France play with an "off-the-cuff" approach and "the big thing to look out for in the women and men's game is the offloading game".

"They will definitely look for that offload but we have the pace to match them, whereas before you would have said that we didn't really have the pace to match the French side but it's definitely a good match now," she said.

Follow Ireland v France (2.15pm, Saturday) via our live blog on and the RTÉ News app or watch live on RTÉ2 or RTÉ Player, listen live on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport.