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Rugby World Cup: France v Ireland - Cian Healy is ready to reclaim his spot in front-row

By Cian Tracey

Joe Schmidt has a big decision to make as to who to start in the front-row before he names his team this afternoon and Cian Healy insists that he is ready to take on the brutish French pack from the start.

"I've been feeling better every time. It's just about time and minutes," he said

"We got a lot of mauls done (in training) and a couple of scrums and stuff and I was putting the body under pressure.

"We had high metres per minute when we were running around so that's the sort of session I'm benefiting a lot from the moment.

"You want to do as much impact in as fast a game as possible, but if the game was a fast game like that you could be gassed early. But you just keep flogging yourself until he calls you aside."

As is generally the case with France, their set-piece and, in particular, their scrum is a major weapon but Ireland's has become so strong that they don't fear any forward pack in the world.

"The scrum is a place where we'll target any team," Healy adds.

"It's certainly one of the positive parts of our game that we've built off and played off and it's been successful to release Johnny (Sexton) and the lads out the back.

"They've (France) a strong, dominant pack.

"And they're certainly going after teams, but that's a similar mentality to ourselves.

"Whatever they're doing, we're armed well enough to go at it."

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