O'Connell upbeat for Paris match

by JP Lonegan , 25 February 2012

Ireland star Paul O'Connell insists there is every reason to be positive for the RBS 6 Six Nations trip to France next weekend.

Declan Kidney's men beat Italy 42-10 at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon to bounce back from their opening defeat to Wales, who secured the Triple Crown with victory over England at Twickenham.

The men in green are now back in the winning habit for the rearranged clash with Les Bleus which was frozen off a fortnight ago.

Munster star O'Connell admits crossing the channel with a win behind them will put a spring in Ireland's side-step.

He said: "It's great to get that result going to Paris, so we're probably in a better place than we were the last time we went over.

"It's a good scoreline, there's no doubt about it. The guys are happy with that."

Tommy Bowe grabbed a brace for Ireland while Keith Earls, Tom Court and Andrew Trimble also weighed in with tries in Dublin.

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