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Italy vs France line-ups: Team news ahead of Six Nations fixture

By Jack Rathborn,


France look to defend their Six Nations title and start their bid when they travel to Italy.

It promises to be a massive year for Les Bleus, who will host the World Cup this year and are one of the favourites both then and now.

Their fiercest competition comes in the shape of the No 1 ranked side in the world: Ireland.

Their victory over Wales in the opener in Cardiff on Saturday, including a bonus point, makes the meeting in week two in Dublin a tantalising prospect.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game in Rome.

When is Italy vs France?

The last game of round one in the Six Nations 2023 takes place at 3pm GMT on Sunday 5 February in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.

Where can I watch it?

Italy vs France is available to watch in the UK on free-to-air channel ITV1 and coverage begins at 2:15pm.

You can watch the live stream on the ITVX app or ITV’s website, while we’ll have you covered here too with the live blog and text commentary.

What is the team news?

France must cope without centre Jonathan Danty, who is ruled out for the entire campaign with a knee injury.

And there is more bad news with forward Cameron Woki dealing with a hand fracture.

Les Bleus will also be without: Gabin Villiere, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Peato Mauvaka, Pierre Bourgarit, Maxime Lucu, Arthur Vincent, Killian Geraci and Florian Verhaeghe.

But lock Paul Willemse returns from injury and Lyon’s Ethan Dumortier injects fresh blood into the side and will make his debut.

Thomas Ramos is selected at full-back over Melvyn Jaminet, who is not involved at all.

Coach Fabien Galthie’s original training squad has plenty of new faces, with the uncapped Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Emilien Gailleton, Paul Boudehent, Romain Buros and Julien Delbouis, scrum-halves Leo Coly and Nolann Le Garrec all joining Dumortier as uncapped options.

Fly-half Paolo Garbisi could be back in contention after a knee problem, while Harlequins’ Tommaso Allan starts.

The Azzurri must contend without the injured Monty Ioane, Toa Halafihi, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Leonardo Marin and David Sisi.

While the uncapped quartet of Matteo Nocera, Luca Rizzoli, Mirco Spagnolo and Marco Manfredi could be given chances to impress.

Italy vs France starting line-ups

Italy XV: Capuozzo; Bruno, Brex, Morisi, Menoncello; Allan, Varney; Fischetti, Nicotera, Ferrari; N Cannone, Ruzza; Negri, Lamaro (C), L Cannone

Replacements: Bigi, Zani, Ceccarelli, Iachizzi, Pettinelli, Zuliani, Fusco, Padovani

France XV: Ramos; Penaud, Fickou, Moefana, Dumortier; Ntamack, Dupont (C); Baille, Marchand, Atonio; Flament, Willemse; Jelonch, Ollivon, Alldritt

Replacements: Barlot, Wardi, Falatea, Taofifenua, Lavault, Macalou, Le Garrec, Jalibert

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