Nash makes good on dream debut

Calvin Nash dives over to score Ireland's third try during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between France and Ireland at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. Photo: Harry Murphy.

DEBUTING Calvin Nash (Young Munster) nipped-in for a memorable try as Ireland swept aside France, 38-17, in the opening fixtures of the Six Nations Championship in Marseille yesterday (Friday).

First-half tries from Jamison Gibson-Park and Tadgh Beirne helped the visitors into a 17-0 interval lead.

Nash’s 45th minute five-pointer was followed-up by scores from Dan Sheehan and Ronan Kelliher, while Jack Crowley landed six kicks off the tee.

Joe McCarthy was named man-of-the-match.

On reflection, captain Peter O’Mahony said: “I think a big chunk of (the performance) was the young fellas. Guys like Calvin Nash, Jack [Crowley], big Joe [McCarthy], some big, big performances from guys getting an opportunity.”

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