France v Italy

Date:

Venue: Stade de France, Paris

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Attendance: 79,563

France v Italy Match Reports

France and Italy both went into this match with a newly appointed head coach. However, it was Philippe Saint-Andre who got his tenure off to a winning start as his French side beat a spirited Italian side 30-12 in Paris. A selection of match reports is listed below:

France v Italy Match Stats

France (15) 30
Tries: Rougerie, Malzieu, Clerc, Fofana
Penalties: Yachvili 2
Conversions: Yachvili 2

Italy (6) 12
Penalties: Burton 2, Botes
Drop-goals: Burton

Man of the Match: Julien Malzieu (France)

France Team Line-up

Backs: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Julien Malzieu, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Dmitiri Yachvili

Forwards: 1 Vincent Debaty, 2 William Servat, 3 Nicolas Mas, 4 Pascal Pape, 5 Lionel Nallet, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 7 Julien Bonnaire, 8 Louis Picamoles

Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzweski, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Yoan Maestri, 19 Imanol Harinordoquy, 20 Morgan Parra, 21 Lionel Beauxis, 22 Maxime Mermoz

Italy Team Line-up

Backs: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Luke Mclean, 10 Kris Burton, 9 Edoardo Gori

Forwards: 1 Andrew Lo Cicero, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 4 Cornelius Van Zyl, 5 Quintin Geldenhuys, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 7 Robert Barbieri, 8 Sergio Parisse

Replacements: 16 Tommaso D'Apice, 17 Lorenzo Cittadini, 18 Marco Bortolami, 19 Simone Favaro, 20 Fabio Semenzato, 21 Tobias Botes, 22 Gonzalo Canale

 
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