Ireland lock Iain Henderson has revealed captain Paul O'Connell held a forwards meeting ahead of their pivotal Rugby World Cup Pool D finale with France.
Ireland lock Iain Henderson has revealed captain Paul O'Connell held a forwards meeting to point out all of their weaknesses ahead of their pivotal Rugby World Cup Pool D finale against France.
Joe Schmidt's men face France at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday in a game that will decide the winner of Pool D.
The two teams are tied on 14 points through three games with Ireland holding a slender advantage on points difference, and neither side will want to settle for second place and a tough quarter-final meeting with defending champions New Zealand.
And, after finding life difficult against a physical Italy side in a 16-9 win last time out, O'Connell has been keen to pinpoint areas where the pack must improve.
"We had a forwards meeting and Paul pointed out all the things we've got to work on," Henderson said.
"That's not just from the Italy game, but from earlier in the World Cup too and even then against the French in the Six Nations. Everyone's quite clear-cut in what they have to do better and what they have to do more of.
"We've beaten France the last two times we've played them, but it's been close.
"And we know just how dangerous the French are at World Cups. If we get our game right and our set-piece running though, I hope we can get the upper hand.
"If we get all our stuff right then I don't see why we can't turn them over though."