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France want a press release victory or the wheels are at risk of falling off their Six Nations marketing campaign totally. A stuffing towards Ireland in spherical one had the caveat of taking part in 50 minutes with 14 males after Paul Willemse’s crimson card. But to scrape previous Scotland in spherical two – and solely win off the again of a controversial no-try name by the TMO on the dying to disclaim the Scots – has piled the strain on Les Bleus.

And Italy are now not the push-overs they as soon as have been. Yes, Ireland taught them a lesson in Dublin, however that is an Ireland staff that appears a category above the remainder. The Azzurri will fancy their possibilities.

When is France v Italy?

France and Italy meet on Sunday, February 25. The match kicks off at 3pm (GMT).

Where is France v Italy happening?

Decathlon Arena – Stade Pierre Mauroy, in Lille.

How to look at France v Italy on TV

The match can be broadcast dwell on ITV.

Who is the referee?

Christophe Ridley (Eng). Telegraph Sport has revealed a full information to all of the referees at this 12 months’s match.

What is the most recent information?

France are beginning to appear to be the rabble of 5 years in the past, says Telegraph rugby reporter Charles Richardson, after a convincing defeat to Ireland in spherical one adopted by a highly-fortunate victory over Scotland.

Who are you and what have you ever completed with the boys in Bleu? The rejuvenated France that banished the normal Gallic clichés; the France that dazzled; the France that allowed followers to dream of the audacious and the daring with ball in hand.

Teething issues had been anticipated in spherical one and the French rugby public acquiesced on the proviso there was a backlash at Murrayfield in spherical two. In phrases of the end result, there was. But when it comes to France’s all-round efficiency, there was little to write down house about, save for the odd second of particular person excellence and an stubborn goal-line stand on the dying – and even that might have had very completely different penalties. Whisper it quietly, however France have been even starting to appear to be the rabble that Fabien Galthié inherited on the finish of 2019.

What are the present standings?