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Dusautoir ready for 'first real test'

Thierry Dusautoir on Saturday braced France for the first genuine test of their RBS 6 Nations title credentials when Ireland visit Paris.

Unbeaten Les Bleus have dispatched Italy and Scotland so far this championship, keeping them on course for a Grand Slam decider against Wales on March 17. But Dusautoir insisted the intensity of their campaign will increase with Ireland's arrival at the Stade de France for a rescheduled match initially postponed due to a frozen pitch.

"This is our first real test when you see the level of Ireland at the moment," he said.

"You run on to the pitch knowing you are going to play a really good team.

"We have had to prepare for this match twice and we have been able to witness their approaches to the ruck and tackling.

"These areas will demand a lot of us. We must be ultra-determined.

"With England and Wales to come, the fixture list in this year's tournament shows that each match requires us to up our level of play.

"However, all I'm thinking of is tomorrow as we have enough on our plates there to occupy our minds and our bodies."

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