France v Italy

Date:

Venue: Stade de France, Paris

Referee: JP Doyle (RFU)

Attendance: 64,000

France v Italy Match Reports

France beat Italy 23-21 in the opening match of the 2016 Six Nations Championship at Stade de France in Paris. France scored three tries, including one from debutant Virimi Vakatawa, whilst Italy also crossed for two tries in a close encounter. Italy were leading with five minutes of the match remaining when a penalty was awarded to France. Jules Plisson slotted the kick and France held on for a 2-point victory. A selection of match reports is listed below:

France v Italy - Match Highlights

France v Italy - Match Statistics

France: (10) 23
Try: Vakatawa, Chouly, Bonneval
Conversion: Plisson
Penalty: Plisson 2

Italy: (8) 21
Try: Parisse, Canna
Conversion: Canna
Penalty: Canna, Haimona
Drop-goal: Canna

Man of the match: Virimi Vakatawa (France)

France v Italy - Team Line-ups

France Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Eddy Ben Arous
  • 2 Guilhem Guirado (Captain)
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 4 Paul Jedrasiak
  • 5 Yoann Maestri
  • 6 Wenceslas Lauret
  • 7 Damien Chouly
  • 8 Louis Picamoles

Backs

  • 9 Sébastien Bezy
  • 10 Jules Plisson
  • 11 Virimi Vakatawa
  • 12 Jonathan Danty
  • 13 Gaël Fickou
  • 14 Hugo Bonneval
  • 15 Maxime Medard

Replacements

  • 16 Camille Chat
  • 17 Uini Atonio
  • 18 Jefferson Poirot
  • 19 Alexandre Flanquart
  • 20 Yacouba Camara
  • 21 Maxime Machenaud
  • 22 Jean-Marc Doussain
  • 23 Maxime Mermoz

Italy Team Line-up

Forwards

  • 1 Andrea Lovotti
  • 2 Ornel Gega
  • 3 Lorenzo Cittadini
  • 4 George Fabio Biagi
  • 5 Marco Fuser
  • 6 Francesco Minto
  • 7 Alessandro Zanni
  • 8 Sergio Parisse (Captain)

Backs

  • 9 Edoardo Gori
  • 10 Carlo Canna
  • 11 Mattia Bellini
  • 12 Gonzalo Garcia
  • 13 Michele Campagnaro
  • 14 Leonardo Sarto
  • 15 David Odiete

Replacements

  • 16 Davide Giazzon
  • 17 Matteo Zanusso
  • 18 Martin Castrogiovanni
  • 19 Valerio Bernabo
  • 20 Andries Van Schalkwyk
  • 21 Guglielmo Palazzani
  • 22 Kelly Haimona
  • 23 Luke McLean
 
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