RBS Six Nations - Ireland will play France on Sunday

Declan Kidney and Paul O'Connell coach and captain of the Irish rugby team

Ireland will now play France in Paris on Sunday, March 4th - and they're not happy with the new date for their Six Nations match.

Declan Kidney's team will now play four games in four weeks after last Saturday's postponement in France.

The IRB announced the new date for the game at a press conference in their Dublin headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.

The IRFU then issued a statement which voiced their criticism of the new date for the game, postponed due to a frozen pitch.

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"We are disappointed with this decision,'' read the statement. "While understanding the difficulties that a postponed game brings to the international and club rugby schedule, the IRFU had proposed to the Six Nations that the preferred alternative date would be Saturday March 3 with an afternoon kick off.

"This was based on providing the Ireland team, who will be travelling for a second time to Paris, with a seven-day turnaround between its remaining four fixtures in the tournament.

"It would also provided any supporters wishing to attend the rescheduled game with an appropriate window of travel.

"Both proposed dates were discussed by the Six Nations council, but the decision was taken by the majority of the council to proceed with the date of March 4.''

Ireland will now play Scotland on the Saturday after their Sunday fixture in Paris.

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