How the Ireland players rated in the Six Nations defeat to France

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Ireland players appears dejected after the Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: PA
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Hugo Keenan

Looked dangerous in open play, where he was instrumental in James Lowe’s disallowed try, and when chasing down the high ball. 6/10

Keith Earls

Little opportunity to make his mark deep into enemy territory, but was solid under the high ball . 6

Garry Ringrose

Tireless in his efforts to commit the French midfield and made a series of threatening breaks. 7

Ireland's Garry Ringrose in today's Six Nations match against France at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Robbie Henshaw

Similarly industrious to help drive Ireland forward, but unable to pierce the French line decisively. 6

James Lowe

Produced a series of probing kicks to turn the men in blue and was unfortunate not to score a first-half try after being dragged just into touch by full-back Brice Dulin, who evaded his grasp for France’s second try. 7

Billy Burns

Recovered from an awful early penalty miss on his first Six Nations start to kick well from hand and force the opposition deep into their own half. 6

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Started well to provide Ireland with quick possession and was inventive as time ran down, but was sucked in for France’s first try. 6

Cian Healy

A typically robust performance in a solid front-row effort as he became Ireland’s most-capped prop on his 106th appearance despite suffering a nasty cut to the head. 7

Rob Herring

Hit his jumpers at the lineout and was busy in the loose with the home side batting hard at the breakdown. 6

Andrew Porter

Got the better of French loosehead Cyril Baille in the tight as Ireland dominated the scrum, particularly in the first half. 7

Tadhg Beirne

Secured his own lineout ball, disrupted on the French and was a constant presence in the defensive line. 7

Iain Henderson

Similarly dominant at the lineout and made his presence felt in broken play before departing bloodied following a clash of heads with team-mate Healy. 6

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Industrious at the breakdown as he foraged to good effect and played his part in the set-pieces. 7

Josh Van Der Flier

Another who worked tirelessly in the heat of the back-row battle in an attempt to garner the ball Ireland needed to prosper. 6

C J Stander

Repeatedly got his hands on the ball at the breakdown to both halt France in their tracks and get Ireland moving forward again. 8

Replacements

Hooker Ronan Kelleher made the most of his chance when, within seconds of his arrival, he snatched a loose ball at the front of the lineout and charged over to drag Ireland back into the game. Fly-half Ross Byrne landed both his kicks at goal, while flanker Will Connors enjoyed an encouraging game after replacing Van Der Flier.

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