Irish chance to make amends.
IRELAND boss Eddie O'Sullivan hopes his misfiring players will respond to his vote of confidence by seizing the chance to redeem themselves against France on Saturday.
The Irish laboured to a 26-16 victory over Italy in their RBS 6 Nations opener at Lansdowne Road, forcing O'Sullivan to reconsider his options.
But he has resisted the urge to wield the axe, instead keeping faith with the same starting line-up and bench as Ireland seek to make amends for the Azzurri horror show.
"We had a look at the team and we could have forced a few changes if we'd wanted to but you'd be victimising individuals," he said.
"No-one did exceptionally well or exceptionably badly.
"In these situations you have to give guys confidence by saying go out there and prove it was a glitch.
O'Sullivan added: "We need to improve on last weekend when we get to Paris - in certain quarters in particular."
France from: N Brusque, A Rougerie, C Dominici, C Heymans, G Bousses, L Valbon, F Fritz, D Traille, B Boyet, F Michalak, D Yachvili, J-B Elissalde, S Marconnet, P De Villiers, O Milloud, D Szarzewski, S Bruno, R Ibanez, P Pape, J Thion, F Pelous, L Nallet, O Magne, S Betsen, Y Nyanga, J Bonnaire, R Martin, T Lievremont.
Ireland: G Murphy); S Horgan, B O'Driscoll, G D'Arcy, T Bowe; R O'Gara, P Stringer; M Horan, J Flannery, J Hayes, M O'Kelly, P O'Connell, S Easterby, D Wallace, D Leamy. Replacements: R Best, S Best, D O'Callaghan, J O'Connor, E Reddan, D Humphreys, A Trimble.