France vs Italy LIVE! Six Nations 2024 result, match stream and updates after Garbisi miss denies Azzurri win

France vs Italy LIVE!

Paolo Garbisi missed a last-gasp penalty from 35 metres as Italy agonisingly just missed the chance to claim what would surely have been the biggest upset in Six Nations history in Lille on Sunday. The Montpellier fly-half booted his rushed effort against the upright with the clock in the red and the score locked at 13-points apiece after the ball had bobbled off the kicking tee late in the shot clock.

Such a heartbreaking miss meant that Italy missed the chance to claim a maiden Six Nations away win over France, first win on French soil since 1997 and first win against France of any kind since 2013. Ange Capuozzo’s stylish late try and Garbisi’s tough conversion does at least mean that they have ended their run of Six Nations defeats stretching back to 2022 and a 14-match losing streak against Les Bleus, who scored their only try of the game early through stand-in captain Charles Ollivon.

Below-par France saw Jonathan Danty’s yellow card for a high tackle with head-to-head contact on fellow centre Ignacio Brex upgraded to red following a bunker review, leaving them to play the entirety of an error-strewn and ill-disciplined second half with 14 men as they narrowly avoided a galling loss. Follow France vs Italy reaction live below!

France vs Italy highlights

  • Garbisi hits post with rushed last-gasp penalty

  • TRY! Converted Capuozzo score brings Italy level

  • PENALTY! Garbisi trims deficit for the Azzurri

  • PENALTY! Ramos puts France lead back to 10

  • RED CARD! Danty yellow upgraded in bunker

  • PENALTY! Page-Relo after Danty yellow-carded

  • PENALTY! Ramos extends early French lead

  • TRY! Ollivon scores early for France

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Here’s more reaction from Paolo Garbisi, speaking to ITV Sport.

All credit to him for fronting up after such an agonising moment.

Fabien Galthie reaction

18:22 , George Flood

"It's a tough moment. We were very happy to win in Scotland but tonight is a draw that could have been a defeat," the France head coach said in his post-match press conference.

"We're not stunned, we're not angry though. The players did a good first half even though we only scored 10 points. Then it was details that went against us.

"After that when we were down to 14 men it was complicated against a team who knew there was more space and played well.

“We have to be fully aware of the situation we are in.

"We cannot wait to be together again and we are determined to finish the championship well.”

Paolo Garbisi reacts to costly last-gasp miss

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Here’s Paolo Garbisi’s reaction to that costly last-gasp miss...

"I should have been up to the task of doing this job, I didn't do it well enough in this moment," he said on French television.

"I didn't do (my job) properly. That's why I would like to say sorry to my team-mates and my country.

"Of course it's a good result, but winning is better and we could have done.

“I take the responsibility and it will stay in my mind for a while."

France 13-13 Italy

17:29 , George Flood

The pictures tell the story of that last-gasp heartbreak for Paolo Garbisi...

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France 13-13 Italy

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I keep thinking about how on earth exactly that ball managed to bobble off the tee like that.

Just badly placed?

There wasn’t any wind under the closed roof of the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

Just brutal, brutal luck.

France 13-13 Italy

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And breathe!

An incredible end to a pulsating thriller in Lille.

14-man France very, very lucky to come away with a draw after another largely shoddy display. Surely that’s their title hopes gone now.

Italy were so, so close to their first-ever Six Nations away win over France, first victory on French soil since 1997 and first win over France of any kind for 11 years.

A penny for Garbisi’s thoughts. Surely he would have made that relatively straightforward kick without the bobble off the tee so late in the shot clock that forced such a rushed effort.

France 13-13 Italy

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82 mins: Moefana comes away with it for France but he’s bundled into touch and the full-time whistle sounds.

What late drama in Lille! Heartbreak for Garbisi.

Italy within the width of a post of arguably the biggest upset in Six Nations history. Wow.

France 13-13 Italy

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France 13-13 Italy

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81 mins: Italy have a very kickable penalty from 35 metres with the clock in the red!

They will have a kick at goal to win the game!

Wow, wow, wow. Can Garbisi do it?

France 13-13 Italy

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78 mins: Just a couple of minutes to go in Lille and we are still all square at 13 points apiece.

Talk about tension! A reminder that Italy have not won in France since 1997 and never in the Six Nations.

Does that wretched run end in the next 120 seconds or so?!

France have the ball deep inside their own half...

France 13-13 Italy

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76 mins: Italy win a key scrum penalty but they lose the subsequent lineout!

Oh dear. What a chance that was.

France 13-13 Italy

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74 mins: This is properly absorbing stuff now as France attack after the scrum following crucial work from Marin initially.

But it’s lost forward by Roumat!

The advantage doesn’t last long and France come again, but they can’t tee up a frustrated Penaud.

Scrum white...

TRY! France 13-13 Italy | Ange Capuozzo 70'

16:39 , George Flood

70 mins: Toulouse’s Capuozzo - born and raised in France - goes over in the corner after a lovely move from Italy and a fine pass from Marin that Penaud cannot cut out.

Garbisi’s tricky conversion from wide left is THROUGH!

Italy are level with less than 10 minutes to play in Lille!


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France 13-6 Italy

16:38 , George Flood

68 mins: Italy get the put-in at another scrum and now they are quickly back up asking questions of a tired and stretched France defence inside the 22.

This looks very promising...

France 13-6 Italy

16:36 , George Flood

66 mins: Leonardo Marin and Andrea Zambonin replace Mori and Ruzza for Italy.

Ferrari is whistled at the scrum and France claim a key penalty.

France 13-6 Italy

16:33 , George Flood

65 mins: A decent spell of attacking pressure from Italy, but they can’t make it count.

They may never have a better chance to get a result on French soil.

France 13-6 Italy

16:31 , George Flood

63 mins: A final front-row change from Italy as the fit-again Simone Ferrari replaces Zilocchi.

This game is really well poised now.

PENALTY! France 13-6 Italy | Paolo Garbisi 61'

16:29 , George Flood

61 mins: No mistake from the Italian 10.

We enter the final quarter of the game with Italy only trailing France’s 14 men by seven points.

The French errors and penalty count continue to pile up.

This could be some finish. Get the popcorn ready...

France 13-3 Italy

16:28 , George Flood

59 mins: France’s 14 men are beginning to ship a lot of penalties now, replacement tighthead Aldegheri whistled at the scrum before Marchand gives away another.

France were also fooled momentarily by a phantom breakaway from the maul.

Paolo Garbisi will step up to reduce the French lead back down to seven points.

France 13-3 Italy

16:25 , George Flood

57 mins: France counter-attack with menace after a poor clearing kick from Italy, but their building momentum is halted as they are pinged for being off their feet at the breakdown.

Mirco Spagnolo and Gianmarco Lucchesi are into the Italian front row.

Off go Fischetti and Nicotera.

France 13-3 Italy

16:22 , George Flood

55 mins: Italy clear their lines a couple of times under pressure before sending on Gloucester’s Stephen Varney at scrum-half.

Off goes Page-Relo.

France 13-3 Italy

16:21 , George Flood

53 mins: No real momentum to this game just at the moment, with towering replacement lock Romain Taofifenua winning a breakdown penalty for France after Le Garrec makes a mess of a clearing kick.

France 13-3 Italy

16:20 , George Flood

51 mins: Romain Taofifenua, Sebastien Taofifenua, Nolann Le Garrec, Julien Marchand, Dorian Aldegheri and Alexandre Roumat have all just been introduced at once by France.

Off go Baille, Tuilagi, Mauvaka, Atonio, Woki and Lucu.

An early change to the Italian back row sees full debutant Favretto replaced by Manuel Zuliani.

France 13-3 Italy

16:15 , George Flood

48 mins: Italy work another decent attacking chance down the right flank and a kick behind the line from Menoncello after Garbisi’s clever little diagonal grubber goes dead before he can touch it down on the chase.

France will now make a raft of changes. They need some fresh impetus.

PENALTY! France 13-3 Italy | Thomas Ramos 45'

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45 mins: So frustrating from Italy as they do initially make the most of their man advantage and take their attack to the French 22, but they ship a couple of quick-fire penalties and Ramos slots over his second of the day from the tee to move the lead back up to 10.

Red card - Jonathan Danty (France)

16:07 , George Flood

Before the second half gets underway, English referee Christophe Ridley confirms to both captains that Jonathan Danty’s yellow card for that high tackle on fellow centre Ignacio Brex HAS indeed now been upgraded to red following the bunker review.

A high-degree of danger with no mitigation, he explains.

France down to 14 men for the whole of the second half and they can have few complaints.

Back underway. Can Italy press home their numerical advantage?

France 10-3 Italy

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Here is the hit in question from Jonathan Danty on Ignacio Brex that merited an initial yellow card and has been sent up to the bunker for review.

Does it deserve an upgrade to red?

France 10-3 Italy

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Just one try to show for all of powerful France's dominance, chances, possession and territory so far in Lille.

There will also be big concern over that Jonathan Danty yellow and a knee injury suffered by fly-half Matthieu Jalibert.


PENALTY! France 10-3 Italy | Martin Page-Relo 44'

15:52 , George Flood

44 mins: A superb long-range effort from the Lyon scrum-half.

Italy within seven points at the break in Lille, despite France’s dominance.

And they could be a man up for the entire second half, depending on that looming bunker decision on Danty’s initial yellow.

Yellow card - Jonathan Danty (France)

15:51 , George Flood

43 mins: Danty was upright there with the high tackle and makes head-on-head contact with Brex.

It meets the yellow-card threshold and will go to Ben Whitehouse up in the bunker.

There was no attempt to get low there from Danty and there was no change in direction, either.

This could easily be upgraded to red with no obvious mitigating factors.

Italy with a long-range penalty to try and get on the board on the stroke of half-time.

France 10-0 Italy

15:49 , George Flood

42 mins: We’re going to have a TMO review here for a high hit from Danty on Brex...

France 10-0 Italy

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40 mins: Quite a feat for Italy to remain only 10 points down here, given all the possession and chances France have had deep inside their 22.

But Italy have ball in hand now and are attacking with pace and purpose to end the first half with the clock in the red...

France 10-0 Italy

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38 mins: France’s rolling maul goes down and they can’t bulldoze their way over, so they open it up with fast hands to the right.

Fickou tries to cut inside and the ball is eventually fired out too high to Penaud, who tries to keep it in play but the whistle blows.

France just lacking cohesion in attack in this first half.

France 10-0 Italy

15:44 , George Flood

36 mins: France attack with another penalty advantage and there’s a lovely step from Tuilagi!

They are eventually held up as Italy’s defence stand firm, but we come back for the penalty and France kick to touch for a lineout five metres out.

Jalibert is not going to continue here and he’s helped off the pitch in some discomfort.

France only have two backs on the bench in Moefana and scrum-half Nolann Le Garrec.

On comes Moefana. Galthie will have to rejig his backline - Ramos to 10?

I think Lebel is going to full-back and Moefana out wide.

France 10-0 Italy

15:41 , George Flood

35 mins: That looked very nasty at first for Jalibert, who receives treatment but is quickly back on his feet and wants to run it off. But he’s not moving well at all.

Yoram Moefana was preparing to come on, but it looks like Jalibert will stay on for now.

Another France attack coming...

France 10-0 Italy

15:40 , George Flood

33 mins: Italian captain Lamaro is whistled for the breakdown infringement and Jalibert kicks for France’s latest lineout in the Italy 22.

They safely claim their own lineout ball, but again the execution in the 22 is sorely lacking as it goes loose and Italy recover to clear.

Jalibert is down for France, clutching his knee in a lot of pain. This does not look good for the Bordeaux fly-half.

France already without first-choice 10 Romain Ntamack of course.

France 10-0 Italy

15:38 , George Flood

31 mins: Fast and furious stuff again as Italy look to mount a rare attack but are quickly back on the defensive inside their own 22, maybe getting away with a risky forward-looking pass before the ball is punted clear.

France go through the hands in response and Penaud miscues a chip down the right flank that goes into touch.

Italy are repeatedly opting for short lineouts here, no doubt eager to avoid being dragged into a physical battle with France’s enormous pack on the floor.

France 10-0 Italy

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29 mins: It’s an initially good show from Italy at the latest scrum, but again they lose it deep inside the 22 as I think Favretto is stripped.

France then pile on more pressure towards the try line, going through double-digit phases as another loose ball is scooped up by the hosts.

But again France can’t get it done after being gifted the opportunity deep in the Italian 22, a frustrating knock-on handing Italy the put-in at another defensive scrum.

France 10-0 Italy

15:30 , George Flood

26 mins: Extremely high-risk stuff from Italy as Ioane tries to run it out from very deep and Brex takes an age to get his kick away and it’s blocked.

France take over possession again deep inside the 22, but a pass intended out left for Lebel is deflected.

It’s fast, furious and hectic stuff at the moment, but that was almost so costly from the Azzurri.

They now have a critical scrum with the put-in five metres out from their own try line.

France 10-0 Italy

15:28 , George Flood

25 mins: Credit to Italy, that is a serious defensive set as they refuse to allow themselves to be bullied in close.

Lucu finally opens things up and there’s numbers and space out right, but Jalibert tries an ill-advised chip that was never really on and the ball sails out of play on the far side.

France 10-0 Italy

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22 mins: The huge French ball carriers are queuing up for a shot at barrelling towards the line as they maintain a furious tempo and bring wave after wave of attack deep inside that Italy 22.

It’s solid, energy-sapping defence from Italy as they make their tackles, but France were playing with another penalty advantage there and they choose to utilise their power at scrum time once more.

France 10-0 Italy

15:24 , George Flood

Charles Ollivon scores the first try of the day for France.

And it surely won’t be the last, with Italy seriously wilting under the imposing French power game here.

Les Bleus with another penalty at the scrum to set up their latest attacking platform deep inside the Italian 22.

France 10-0 Italy

15:21 , George Flood

17 mins: No, they can’t.

Italy surge through the middle after the lineout but the huge figure of France centre Danty immediately steals the ball on the deck for another key turnover.

France 10-0 Italy

15:20 , George Flood

16 mins: Better from Italy there with a pacy attack and some nifty offloads that have the French defence scrambling.

They have a penalty that Garbisi knocks into touch deep inside the France 22.

Can they make the most of this opportunity?

PENALTY! France 10-0 Italy | Thomas Ramos 15'

15:18 , George Flood

15 mins: The early French lead grows to 10 points after some monster physicality from a huge French pack, led by full debutant Tuilagi.

No mistake from full-back Ramos from the tee.

France 7-0 Italy

15:17 , George Flood

11 mins: Italy try to mount a quick fightback, but there’s nothing doing.

But here come France again turning defence into attack in the blink of an eye through Jalibert’s break.

They are up into the 22 so fast and look to recycle the ball right to left, but a long pass out towards hooker Mauvaka is undersold and the opportunity is lost.

TRY! France 7-0 Italy | Charles Ollivon 7'

15:10 , George Flood

7 mins: France strike early through the stand-in skipper!

Italy are in trouble as the French attack quickly following the scrum, with Garbisi doing well to bring down opposite number Jalibert.

But Boudehent picks up quickly and charges on with the Italian defence scrambling.

France are in close and Ollivon looks to juggle the ball somewhat off Italy captain Lamaro on the deck.

Suspicions of a knock-on but the on-field decision is try and it’s upheld after a look by the TMO.

Ramos adds the conversion right in front of the posts.

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France 0-0 Italy

15:08 , George Flood

6 mins: France’s rolling maul following the lineout does some damage before the hosts attack with ball in hand and Jalibert bobbles through a kick that goes out of play.

France 0-0 Italy

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4 mins: The momentum is quickly halted though as they struggle to get quick ball from the ruck and Cros gets over it quickly to win a pressure-relieving breakdown penalty that is boomed into touch at halfway.

A strong first defensive set from the French, much to the delight of this raucous home crowd.

France 0-0 Italy

15:04 , George Flood

3 mins: A positive start this from Italy as they get an early penalty for not releasing and safely claim the first lineout of the afternoon.

They are carrying hard into contact and picking up some early momentum.

France vs Italy

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France kick to get us underway, with smoke from the pre-match pyrotechnics still hanging thick in the air under the closed roof.

France vs Italy

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English referee Christophe Ridley is taking charge of a Six Nations game for the first time this afternoon.

France are in blue today, with Italy in white.

France vs Italy

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Spine-tingling stuff - two of the very best national anthems in the game.

The atmosphere in Lille is absolutely incredible, it must be said.

France vs Italy

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Here come the teams to an explosion of noise and colour under the closed roof at the brilliant Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

France loosehead Cyril Baille comes out first to mark his 50th international cap.

Time for the national anthems...

Ross Vintcent: From Domino's delivery boy to Test-match starter

14:52 , George Flood

Exeter’s Ross Vintcent makes his first Italy start today at No8.

The Johannesburg-born back-rower, 21, is studying for an economics degree at the University of Exeter and has also been a pizza delivery boy for Domino’s.

“I haven’t had a shift in the last six weeks because it’s been really busy - and I’ve had exams, too,” Vintcent recently told The Telegraph.

“But I am still technically employed by them and I have actually been thinking this week, ‘What am I going to do now?’

“I would love to keep going at it but the university work is starting to pick up, too. I might have to hand in my resignation… which I would hate.”

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Antoine Dupont shines on rugby sevens debut in Vancouver

14:38 , George Flood

No Antoine Dupont today of course for France or indeed throughout this Six Nations as arguably the world’s best player prepares to fulfil a personal dream by playing rugby sevens for his country at their home Olympics in Paris this summer.

The superstar scrum-half actually made his sevens bow in Vancouver this weekend, guiding France to the semi-finals of the HSBC SVNS tournament.

Dupont scored the winning try in a tense 12-5 win over Ireland that set up a last-four showdown with New Zealand.

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France vs Italy

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France’s defence coach Shaun Edwards offers his pre-match thoughts to ITV, including the “simple job” expected of full debutant Posolo Tuilagi, the closed roof at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy and some new-found momentum...

Galthie defends France performance in controversial Murrayfield clash

14:14 , George Flood

Fabien Galthie was irked by the coverage and criticism of his side’s narrow 20-16 win over Scotland at Murrayfield a fortnight ago, in which Sam Skinner was controversially denied a last-gasp winning try.

It was not a vintage performance from Les Bleus, but their head coach insisted it was a critical step on their journey as he demands improvements in the weeks ahead.

"If it is not understood by part of the population, we understand it," Galthie said this week.

"When you compete in the Six Nations, it’s like a 400m (race), you start by sprinting and you have to accelerate at each turn.

"There is no one more demanding than us. We are very specific in our analysis. We want to play better and specifically defend better.

"Playing better also means without the ball, we need to be more disciplined. We must first be strong on the basics: solidarity, commitment and courage."


Gonzalo Quesada: We want to show the best version of Italy

13:54 , George Flood

Following a woeful end to the Kieran Crowley era at the World Cup, there have been signs of early growth from Italy under former Argentina fly-half Gonzalo Quesada, who played for Stade Francais, Pau and Toulon and has spent the majority of his coaching career so far in France.

The Azzurri were very impressive in the first half against England on opening weekend and even led at the break at the Stadio Olimpico, only to fall off thereafter and then hit back at the end to secure their narrowest-ever losing margin against the Red Rose men.

They even had moments against imperious Ireland, where they made things scrappy and competitive before being shut out 36-0 by the green machine in the end.

"Every game is a new opportunity to continue on the path of growth,” Quesada said this week.

“We know how the last match went and it was useful to work on certain areas of the game.

"We want to show the best version of ourselves.

“We have heart, character and determination.

“All these characteristics must be put on the field against a team that is tactically and physically strong."

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Italy star Menoncello reflects on 'amazing' debut try against France

13:36 , George Flood

Tommaso Menoncello is the rare example of an Italy player who can hold fond recent memories of facing France.

Two years ago, the exciting Benetton centre became the youngest try-scorer in Six Nations history aged 19 with his first touch on his senior international debut in Paris, dotting down Paolo Garbisi’s cross-field kick.

In doing so he overtook the record set by Wales’ Keith Jarrett against England that had stood for some 55 years.

Though Italy lost that error-strewn game 37-10 in wet conditions at the Stade de France, it is still a moment that Menoncello evidently treasures.

“I found out [I was picked] the day he [former Italy head coach Kieran Crowley] announced the team,” Menoncello told the official Six Nations website this week.

“He hadn’t said anything before then. It was such a great feeling to find that out.

“I pretty much remember all of [the try] as I’ve seen it so many times.

“I was just so excited to get the ball down in the in-goal area, but then it went to the TMO, and I was so worried that they would rule it out, but I had managed to stay infield. It was amazing.”

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France vs Italy head to head record

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Italy will not want reminding of their last meeting with France, having been smashed 60-7 by the World Cup hosts back in October during a dreadful pool stage campaign in which they also shipped 96 points to New Zealand.

The Azzurri have beaten Les Bleus just twice in the Six Nations era so far, with both of those wins coming at home in Rome in 2011 and 2013. They have now lost 14 in a row.

Their sole victory away in France came in Grenoble in the FIRA Trophy all the way back in March 1997.

And few give them a chance of ending that run in Lille this afternoon.

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France vs Italy prediction

13:03 , George Flood

We certainly haven’t seen vintage France in this Six Nations so far, with that heavy loss to Ireland followed by a very fortunate win over Scotland.

A home tie against Italy should offer them the chance to produce a far more comfortable victory ahead of their trip to Cardiff and a Super Saturday showdown with England in Lyon.

Italy were much improved for the most part against England and made things scrappy at times against Ireland, but it would be a huge shock to see them in contention for what would be a first win in France for some 27 years this weekend.

They might be able to keep things close and competitive in the early going, but expect France to quickly pull away and run up the scoreboard in style.

France to win, by 20 points.

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Italy lineup with six changes from Ireland shutout

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Italy make six changes from the side shut out in Dublin a fortnight ago, with Ross Vintcent and Riccardo Favretto both earning their first international starts in the back row.

Injured tighthead prop Pietro Ceccarelli is replaced by Giosue Zilocchi and Giacomo Nicotera is preferred to Gianmarco Lucchesi at hooker.

In the backs, the French-born Martin Page-Relo becomes Italy’s third starting scrum-half in as many games as he replaces Stephen Varney.

The other change is in the centres, where Federico Mori comes in as Tommaso Menoncello shifts out to the wing and Lorenzo Pani drops out.

Zebre lock Matteo Canali is set to become Italy’s newest debutant from the bench, where he is joined by the fit-again prop Simone Ferrari.

Italy remain without the likes of Lorenzo Cannone, Sebastian Negri and Edoardo Iachizzi, while Tommaso Allan has now taken a step back from international rugby to protect his well-being.

Italy XV: 15-Ange Capuozzo, 14-Tommaso Menoncello, 13-Ignacio Brex, 12-Federico Mori, 11-Monty Ioane, 10-Paolo Garbisi, 9-Martin Page-Relo, 8-Ross Vintcent, 7-Michele Lamaro (c), 6-Riccardo Favretto, 5-Federico Ruzza, 4-Niccolo Cannone, 3- Giosue Zilocchi, 2-Giacomo Nicotera, 1-Danilo Fischetti

Replacements: 16-Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17-Mirco Spagnolo, 18-Simone Ferrari, 19-Matteo Canali, 20-Andrea Zambonin, 21-Manuel Zuliani, 22-Stephen Varney, 23-Leonardo Marin

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France lineup with Tuilagi, Boudehent and Lebel drafted in

12:52 , George Flood

France head coach Fabien Galthie initially made only two changes for today’s match, handing hulking lock Posolo Tuilagi - the nephew of England centre Manu and part of the Tuilagi rugby dynasty - his first senior international start in place of Paul Gabrillagues.

Captain Gregory Alldritt was ruled out with the leg wound he suffered at Murrayfield, with Francois Cros shifting to No8 and Paul Boudehent coming into the back row. Former skipper Charles Ollivon takes on leadership duties.

Towering second-row Romain Taofifenua is back among the replacements after a bout of illness, with Toulon flanker Esteban Abadie set to earn his first cap from the bench.

However, on Saturday evening young wing Louis Bielle-Biarrey withdrew through injury, leading Galthie to call up Toulouse’s Matthis Lebel.

Lebel had been released back to his club and was scheduled to start against Clermont in the Top 14 tonight, but instead comes straight into the French XV with Yoram Moefana still on the bench.

France XV: 15-Thomas Ramos, 14-Damian Penaud, 13-Gael Fickou, 12-Jonathan Danty, 11-Matthis Lebel, 10-Matthieu Jalibert, 9-Maxime Lucu, 8-Francois Cros, 7-Charles Ollivon (c), 6-Paul Boudehent, 5-Posolo Tuilagi, 4-Cameron Woki, 3-Uini Atonio, 2-Peato Mauvaka, 1-Cyril Baille

Replacements: 16-Julien Marchand, 17-Sebastien Taofifenua, 18-Dorian Aldegheri, 19-Romain Taofifenua, 20-Alexandre Roumat, 21-Esteban Abadie, 22-Nolann Le Garrec, 23-Yoram Moefana

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How to watch France vs Italy

12:46 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today’s game is being televised live and free-to-air on ITV1, with coverage beginning at 2:15pm.

Live stream: The ITVX website and ITVX app will also offer a free live stream service to fans online.

Welcome to France vs Italy live coverage

12:43 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest live coverage of the 2024 Six Nations.

An eventful round three has already seen Ireland brush aside Wales to move a step closer to an unprecedented second successive Grand Slam, before Duhan van der Merwe’s stunning hat-trick sealed a fourth successive Calcutta Cup win for Scotland over England at Murrayfield.

This weekend’s action concludes today at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, where France - lucky to escape Edinburgh with a narrow win a fortnight ago - are enormous favourites to make it back-to-back victories to help recover from that home humbling by Ireland on opening night against an Italy side that have showed fight under new head coach Gonzalo Quesada but were edged out by below-par England in Rome before being shut out completely by Ireland in Dublin.

Kick-off is at 3pm GMT, so stay tuned for match build-up plus all the latest team news and live updates.

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