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Monday 18 December 2017

Sean and Andrew turn to God before Paris

THE Tullow tank Sean O'Brien and team mate Andrew Trimble may be looking for divine intervention ahead of their clash with the French this weekend after heading for a midweek prayer session.

Both players revealed on Twitter that they would be consulting the heavens yesterday evening before they take on Les Bleus in Paris this weekend.

O'Brien wrote: "Just on the way to say a few prayers with @andrew_trimble in fairness he's some craic in the evening!."

To which the Ulsterman responded: "@SeanOBRIEN1987 being better craic than normal."

Trimble is known to have a deep belief in Christianity and studied Theology at Belfast Bible College after dropping out of Queen's University where he studied Physics for a year.

It may take something miraculous for Ireland to overcome Philippe Saint-Andre's charge this Sunday with Ireland looking to end a barren spell which has seen them fail to win in the French capital since their heroic win in 2000.

The game is a refixture after Ireland were due to play the French at the Stade de France on February 11 but the game was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The IRFU expect around half the estimated 5,000 Irish supporters who travelled to the postponed fixture to return this weekend, with nearly 2,000 tickets returned for refund.

However, the French Federation, which was savaged after the farcical scenes three weekends ago when the match was called off minutes before kick-off, still expect Declan Kidney's charges to face the full onslaught of French fervour and a sell-out crowd on Sunday.

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