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Result: Ireland 22-26 France

Result: Ireland 22-26 France
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Ireland suffer another defeat in their preparations for next month's World Cup with a 22-26 loss to France.

Ireland suffered another defeat in their preparations for next month's World Cup with a 22-26 loss to France in Dublin.

The hosts led 8-0 through a Jonathan Sexton penalty and Cian Healy's try.

Les Bleus replied with Morgan Parra's penalty, before a Francois Trinh-Duc drop-goal edged the visitors closer to their opponents.

A converted Cedric Heymans try and another Parra penalty put the French ahead and gave them a 16-8 half-time lead.

Trinh-Duc touched down after the restart to extend the lead, before the Irish rallied late on with Sexton and O'Brien tries.

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