Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Fitzgerald ready for French assault

Luke Fitzgerald

Ireland's showdown with France is shaping up to be a high-octane thriller after Luke Fitzgerald became the latest member of the Irish camp to demand all-out attack.

A day after Declan Kidney urged his players to show the courage to take the RBS 6 Nations champions on at their own game, Fitzgerald has echoed his coach's call.

The Lions winger turned full-back believes the only way to upset the favourites at Aviva Stadium on Sunday is to throw everything at them, saying: "Two years ago when we beat France in Dublin we really went at them, challenged them and their defence."

He added: "You can't sit back against these guys. If you do they'll just kill you. We're going out with the mindset that we want to stretch them.

"Hopefully we can do that because that's the brand of rugby we want to play, an expansive style. It's going to be a tight match.

"I've only played against them once and I was lucky to be on the right side of the result that time.

"France is always an enjoyable match, especially from an outside back's point of view because opportunities do open up."