2019 Six Nations Championship Italy vs France – Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Italy vs France taking place? Saturday 16th March, 12:30

Where is Italy vs France taking place? Stadio Olimpico

What is the expected weather at Italy vs France? Patchy cloud, 19c

What channel is Italy vs France on? ITV 1

Where can I stream Italy vs France? Italy vs France can be streamed via the ITV Player

Where can I get tickets for Italy vs France? https://ticket.federugby.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=210&Itemid=207

LAST MEETING
France beat Italy 34-17

THE LOWDOWN

ITALY

  • Italy were utterly outclassed by an English side out to rectify their shock loss to Wales as they lost 57-14, conceding eight tries in the process.
  • This young Italian side show promise in patches but the fact that England scored their third-most first half tries in the tournament’s history in this format brings the relegation question back to the table.
  • To add injuries to insult, Italy lost Wasps centre Michele Campagnaro and then his replacement Tommaso Castello and it is unclear as to whether they will recover in time for Saturday.

FRANCE

  • France fell to yet another defeat in their Six Nations campaign when they lost 26-14 to Ireland and are behind Scotland on points difference alone coming into this final fixture.
  • Consolation tries from Yoann Huget and Camille Chat were enough to achieve a losing bonus point last time out, which could see them leapfrog Scotland if they achieve a winning bonus point against opponents Italy.
  • France’s Head coach Jacques Brunel named an unchanged side for the defeat to Ireland and will likely do the same away in Rome, with the option to bed in some younger players now their campaign is truly over.

THE PREDICTION

This match-up between Six Nations whipping boys Italy and France could hold some surprises, with a young Italian side at home hungry to provide their fans with a first Six Nations win for six years as a nod to their bright futures. However, France too have plenty to prove, and have been in decent offensive form throughout the tournament, so a high-scoring game is likely. The heart says an Italian win in Rome, but France have what it takes to win this dead rubber.