Rugby: Sean O'Brien leads Ireland past France in World Cup thriller

France's fly half Remi Tales (right) tackles Ireland's flanker Sean O'Brien during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on Sunday.
France's fly half Remi Tales (right) tackles Ireland's flanker Sean O'Brien during a Pool D match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between France and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on Sunday.PHOTO: AFP

CARDIFF, Wales (AFP) - Sean O'Brien inspired Ireland to a pulsating 24-9 win over France in their Pool D decider on Sunday that condemned the French to a quarter-final against defending champions New Zealand.

Ireland now take on Argentina in the last eight, but suffered a massive blow with injuries to Jonny Sexton, captain Paul O'Connell and Peter O'Mahony.

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