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Summary

  1. Pool D result: France 9-24 Ireland
  2. Ireland top Pool D, now face Argentina. France play NZ
  3. Ireland lose Sexton, O'Connell & O'Mahony to injury
  4. R Kearney & Murray tries, Sexton 2 pens, Madigan 2 pens, 1 con
  5. Spedding 2 pens for France, Parra 1

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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France 9-24 Ireland

A bruising encounter. A high rate of injury attrition.

But Ireland are there.

See you next weekend.

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An heroic performance by players and supporters alike. #ShoulderToShoulder #RWC2015 #TheFields #OleOle Thank You!

An heroic performance by players and supporters alike. #ShoulderToShoulder #RWC2015 #TheFields #OleOle Thank You!

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France 9-24 Ireland

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This is nice.

France's Yannick Nyanga provided the view from the team bus with a video taken on the way into the stadium.

Cardiff: Best City ever for a rugby game...! 🔵⚪️🔴🏉 #RWC2015 #Cardiff

He's right as well. The atmosphere in Cardiff next weekend - with New Zealand v France followed by Ireland v Argentina - will trump that in Twickenham - with Wales v South Africa and Scotland v Australia.

'Cheers and tears'

France 9-24 Ireland

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Ireland have the elation of a fine victory and the deflation of three injuries. I am a pretty deflated because it's a sad end for the players. You have got to enjoy these victories but because it's the World Cup it's straight on to the next game. Argentina are lying in wait now. We saw how close they ran New Zealand at this tournament. They also had a big win against South Africa in South Africa and they are going to pose a whole new set of questions."

France 9-24 Ireland

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Can the French revive themselves for next week?

Well, they will relish a meeting with the world champions a whole lot more than a game that was a dead rubber in terms of last-eight qualification.

But they will have to do a whole lot better than that second half performance.

It was bad enough to send Bibendum to drink.

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A deserved MOM award for O'Brien. Highly doubt he'll be involved in rest of #RWC2015 though - will surely be cited for that punch. #bbcrugby

France 9-24 Ireland

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

Ireland will celebrate the win but in this World Cup you have got to think what next. They will probably have to plan without two or three key players. Ireland have shown a performance everyone hoped they would."

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Many congrats Ireland, Wales and Scotland all looking strong for the quarters. Is this the year for the home nations? #RWC2015 #ItsYourCall

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Ireland is making mince meat from my French team-and my son Olivier , 100% pro French, is in serious pickle and is a bad looser .Bravo Irl

Magnanimous French chef Raymond Blanc...

Ireland on top in every area

France 9-24 Ireland

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Mock the Week presenter Dara O Briain was another to enjoy the heroic Irish performance

Paul O'Connell update

France 9-24 Ireland

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has just been asked whether Paul O'Connell has played his last game at the World Cup and last game for Ireland. 

This is his answer...

I suspect it probably is. He looks pretty uncomfortable. He will have a scan on a hamstring. It was very much a group effort... the squad and the crowd were just phenomenal. We need to get a roof in Dublin to capture this sound."

Joe SchmidtIreland head coach

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Great guts & guile from @IrishRugby in Cardiff. Very proud of the Fighting Irish. Onwards to Argentina #IREvFRA #ShoulderToShoulder #RWC2015

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny hails the performance of his compatriots.

Man of the match

Sean O'Brien
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A pretty titanic performance from the 'Tullow Tank' Sean O'Brien.

He made 45 metres - the same number as wing Tommy Bowe.

He carried 19 times - more than any other Ireland player.

He won three turnovers - also a team-high total.

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Fantastic 2nd half performance by Ireland! @IRFURugby #RWC2015

Irish golfer and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke pretty chuffed...

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Well done Ireland. Tough physical game with injuries to key players but a very strong group of players #winners #ShoulderToShoulder 🍀

Retired Irish jump jockey Tony McCoy offers his congratulations.

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France 9-24 Ireland

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

It's hard to believe there's going to be another chapter in the Ireland versus Argentina story. We have had good and bad against them."

France 9-24 Ireland

There is some considerable belief behind this Ireland team.

They take the acclaim of the Ireland fans at the end and it is like an almighty pep rally.

I think some of the fans will just stay in Cardiff for the week and brew up the atmosphere and anticipation a little longer.

Jamie Heaslip pays tribute to the crowd and they respond with even more decibels.

France 9-24 Ireland

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Millennium Stadium

Joe Schmidt has shook the hands of all his coaching team. To a man Irish fans are on their feet. Jamie Heaslip punches the air. They have had to dig seriously deep with three big players off the pitch."

Pool D

Ireland & France qualify

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This is how Pool D ends up then.

Which in quarter-final speak means:

Saturday 17 October:

New Zealand v France in Cardiff at 20:00 BST

Sunday 18 October:

Ireland v Argentina in Cardiff at 13:00 BST

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France 9-24 Ireland

Ireland have gone in One Direction with this victory... to a quarter-final with Argentina.

What a performance by the Irish...especially having lost the boys to injury.Great character . Right Argentina , you're next !

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Strength. In. Depth. Ireland nailing it! #IREvFRA #bbcrugby

They will need it with Johnny Sexton, Paul O'Connell and Peter O'Mahony all in doubt.

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@Nigelrefowens is the MoM in Cardiff today for letting this game flow so well #bbcrugby #FRAvIRE #RWC2015

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France 9-24 Ireland

Sean O'Brien gets the man of the match gong.

Might he be missing next weekend against Argentina though?

The citing official will doubtless be looking at his apparent punch on Pascal Pape in the opening minutes.

France 9-24 Ireland

Ireland are playing out the phases in total control.

Short-range runners into contact and the clock worn down to a single minute.

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Brilliant Ireland. So proud to be Irish. How often have France ever been ground into the dust in the World Cup? #FRAvIRE #bbcrugby #RWC2015

France 9-24 Ireland

France's line-out has been leaky and now their scrum is crumbling.

Ireland have them backpedalling at speed and Nigel Owens awards another penalty the way of Joe Schmidt's side.

Madigan has grasped his chance

France 9-24 Ireland

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

This game will have done Ian Madigan the world of good. Ireland have kept their shape and Madigan has been at the centre of that."

Penalty

France 9-24 Ireland (Madigan)

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Over she goes.

Ireland are winning this second half 15-3.

France have clocked off. Maybe they are saving themselves for roasting some Kiwi next weekend.

France 9-21 Ireland

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Ireland have the penalty as France tunnel into the Cardiff turf at scrum time.

Ian Madigan points to the posts and takes his time as he lines it up...

Celebration time

France 9-21 Ireland

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

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Ireland's fans are celebrating and so they should because next week there won't be a lot to celebrate in the build-up to the quarter-final with all these injuries."

Replacement

France 9-21 Ireland

Richardt Strauss on for Rory Best in the Ireland front row.

The green clad hordes in Cardiff are bouncing and ole-ing

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Hallelujah! Someone knew the rules! Great try Ireland! #FRAvIRE #bbcrugby #RWC2015

All over?

France 9-21 Ireland

Denis Hickie

Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

That's the game... I think."

Converted try

France 9-21 Ireland (Murray, con Madigan)

Ireland celebrate try
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Pull up the Argentina file on the hard drive Mr Schmidt.

Ireland's forwards rumble through some flakey French tackling.

 Rory Best thinks he is there. Not quite.

But, up against the post, all Conor Murray has to do is reach round and dot the ball against the base of the protector to score the try.

Madigan adds the extras.

France 9-14 Ireland

More Fields of Athenry. Ireland fans think this is won.

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France 9-14 Ireland

Rob Kearney's clearing kick is not the best. A weakling of a punt. 

But France have really not got going in this second half. Remi Tales and Morgan Parra run into each other as they try something intricate.

Accidental offside.