Italy vs France : Six Nations 2019 is upon us, and a trio of teams remain in contention for the title in what promises to be a dramatic fifth and final round that includes three back-to-back matches this afternoon.
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Record-breaking Wales will win a first Grand Slam since 2012 if they notch a 14th successive Test victory over Ireland in Cardiff, while defeat for Warren Gatland’s side in the day’s middle fixture would potentially open the door for England and Eddie Jones.
The Red Rose meet injury-plagued Scotland in the latest edition of the Calcutta Cup at 5pm GMT, by which time they will know if they are still able to lift the trophy.
In the day’s early kick-off, fifth-place France – who cannot hope to jump into the top three after another disappointing tournament – host Italy, who will look to finally end a desperate sequence of 21 straight Six Nations losses dating back to 2015.
Italy vs France : Head to Head record
These two teams have met on 40 previous occasions, with France claiming 37 wins to Italy’s three. There have been no draws to date.
Italy’s two victories in the Six Nations era both came at home in 2011 and 2013. They have lost each of the last six matches, including at the 2015 World Cup at Twickenham.
Score prediction: Italy 14-24 France
Italy will no doubt feel that this contest represents their best chance to bust that wretched losing streak and they can take heart from combative home displays against Wales and Ireland – the latter of whom they led at half-time before falling to a 26-16 defeat.
As ever it very much depends on which France team make an appearance in Rome on Saturday, though the visitors should still possess enough quality to finish a difficult Six Nations on something of a positive note.
France XV: Medard; Penaud, Bastareaud, Fofana, Huget; Ntamack, Dupont; Falgoux, Guirado (c), Bamba; Lambey, Willemse; Alldritt, Camara, Picamoles
Replacements: Chat, Priso, Aldegheri, Gabrillagues, Iturria, Serin, Lopez, Ramos
Italy XV: Hayward; Padovani, Zanon, Morisi, Esposito; Allan, Tebaldi; Lovotti, Ghiraldini, Pasquali; Sisi, Ruzza; Steyn, Polledri, Parisse (c)
Replacements: Bigi, Traore, Ferrari, Zanni, Negri, Palazzani, McKinley, Sperandio