Very tense... The tension of expectations mixed with the knots of anxiety.
For someone who played his rugby at a time when France would make up for a poor game against any other nation by scoring 20pts past Ireland, and who watched Ireland getting their act together and becoming the best or one of the best European team who kept on beating us even if not by a big margin, I fear another of these frustrating matches, where your forwards ability to spoil our rucks, coupled with excellent kicking by Sexton and ill discipline from our forwards would mean another of these narrow defeats...
Yet, it is necessary for this young French team to deliver a message to themselves first, and to the world next, that they are really on the ascent and that they have the means to win the 6N consistently again, like it was the case 20 years ago, and Sunday's match is the first step in that direction.
There is a lot at stakes, here, for both teams. Ireland have to bounce back and what better way to get their 6N back on track than beating a hyped France. France need to confirm that they deserve the tag of tournament favorites, and this starts in Ireland.
In some ways, France are lucky they had a warm up game against Italy. Now, they have 4 big games to become champions. Can they finally deliver?