Dominant Ireland get some of their rhythm back - Schmidt

Schmidt I will miss this immensely

Ireland lost to England in their opening Six Nations match before stuttering wins over Italy and Scotland raised further questions about their World Cup credentials.

The Ireland captain will win his 116th cap in Sunday's Guinness Six Nations clash against France in Dublin, but now intends to bring down the curtain on an worldwide career dating back to 2005 before this calendar year is out.

"When you miss chances and still get four scores against a French side, you have to be pretty happy".

Ireland skipper Rory Best looked forward to a monumental clash with Wales in his final Six Nations match after Sunday's morale-boosting defeat of France in Dublin.

Wales are top of the standings with 16 points after their flawless start ahead of England on 15 and Ireland with 14.

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Speaking after the game on Virgin Media, an emotional Schmidt reflected on his home Six Nations finale after being asked by Sinead Kissane whether he will miss being in the coaching box at the Aviva Stadium.

The 36-year-old hooker will win his 116th global cap when he leads his country in Sunday's Six Nations clash with France in Dublin.

The hosts only had to wait five more minutes for another as they began to pick off the overwhelmed visitors at will with replacement Conan giving his side a 19-0 halftime lead that could easily have been twice that with a little more accuracy.

With a bonus point secured and one eye on Cardiff, Ireland were able to withdraw Best, Murray, Sexton and fellow British and Irish Lion Tadhg Furlong before the hour.

While two last-gasp consolation tries saved France from a record defeat at the hands of Ireland, Schmidt revelled in particular at a first half where his side controlled 90 percent of the territory and could have easily scored more than the three tries that put them well out of sight. "From where we were the last time we sat in this room, it's taken some time but there was a bit of our rhythm back today".

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