Italy team to face France in Six Nations

Franco Smith at Wales v Italy match in 2020 Six Nations Franco Smith will be hoping for a better performance from Italy this weekend (Adam Davy/PA)

Franco Smith has named his Italy team for Sunday's Six Nations encounter with France in Paris.

The starting XV features one personnel change, plus two positional changes from the team that lost to Wales last weekend.

Jayden Hayward comes into the team at full back, with Matteo Minozzi shifting to left wing. Mattia Bellini then moves across to the right wing to replace Leonardo Sarto.

Italy team to play France

Forwards: 1 Andrea Lovotti (Zebre Rugby Club), 2 Luca Bigi (CAPTAIN, Zebre Rugby Club), 3 Giosuè Zilocchi (Zebre Rugby Club), 4 Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Rugby), 5 Niccolò Cannone (Argos Petrarca Rugby/Benetton Rugby), 6 Jake Polledri (Gloucester Rugby), 7 Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby), 8 Abraham Steyn (Benetton Rugby)

Backs: 9 Callum Braley (Gloucester Rugby), 10 Tommaso Allan (Benetton Rugby), 11 Matteo Minozzi (Wasps Rugby), 12 Carlo Canna (Zebre Rugby Club), 13 Luca Morisi (Benetton Rugby), 14 Mattia Bellini (Zebre Rugby Club), 15 Jayden Hayward (Benetton Rugby)

Replacements: 16 Federico Zani (Benetton Rugby), 17 Danilo Fischetti (Zebre Rugby Club), 18 Marco Riccioni (Benetton Rugby), 19 Dean Budd (Benetton Rugby), 20 Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby), 21 Giovanni Licata (Zebre Rugby Club), 22 Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre Rugby Club), 23 Giulio Bisegni (Zebre Rugby Club)

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