The men in green secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a 16-9 win over Italy at the Olympic Stadium, with outside-centre Keith Earls getting the only try of the game.

Ireland must improve - Schmidt

Ireland must improve - Schmidt

Schmidt was pleased to get the win over the resilient Azzurri but feels his side must keep improving if they are to get the win in the Pool D decider against Les Bleus.

He was quoted by the BBC, saying: "That game was exactly what we expected. We have been allowed to cruise through the first two games and it was a shock to the system to come against a tier one side who needed to win to stay in the tournament.

"I said last week we would take a one-point win, so a seven-point win is good enough."

"France are another level up - we will have to raise our game again. We will work on that this week and hopefully come up with the goods," he added.

A win for either Ireland or France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff would mean they are likely to miss playing the reigning world champions New Zealand in the quarter-finals.