Italy vs France: Italy host France at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm) in the final round of this year’s Six Nations. With just days to go until Super Saturday and the Six Nations final game, which team will be taking the title this year.
Event: Six Nations 2019
Team: Italy vs France
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Game Time: 7:45 PM ET
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While all eyes will be on the Principality Stadium and Twickenham during what promises to be a dramatic final day of 2019 Six Nations action, Super Saturday begins at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, where Italy will hope to end their losing streak against France.
After being on the receiving end of a 57-14 shellacking by England last weekend, the Azzurri have now lost 21 successive matches in the competition – a run that dates back to 2015 – amid a backdrop of more hand-wringing among the rugby public over their long-term place in the tournament. While pointless Italy are guaranteed to take the wooden spoon once more, fifth-place France cannot hope to jump into the top three after a disappointing campaign of their own.
Les Bleus frittered away a 16-point first-half lead against Wales on opening night and fell to comfortable losses at the hands of England and Ireland either side of the brief ray of light that was their 27-10 defeat of Scotland in Paris. Team news and line-ups Italy show five changes from the side thrashed by England, with Gloucester’s Jake Polledri selected ahead of Sebastian Negri in the back row.
Injuries to Michele Campagnaro and Dean Budd present starting opportunities to 21-year-old debutant Marco Zanon and David Sisi, while Tiziano Pasquali and Leonardo Ghiraldini replace Simone Ferrari and Luca Bigi in the front row. Italy host France at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm) in the final round of this year’s Six Nations.
After being demolished in Dublin, France will seek a renaissance in Rome against an Italy side who will be just as happy to see the back of this year’s tournament. While Ireland kept their faint title hopes alive courtesy of a 26-14 win, those held by Les Bleus were washed away in the opening round. Italy will be smarting after their 57-14 loss to England, but for both sides, Saturday’s Test offers the chance to end on a high. Ahead of their 41st encounter, here are some talking points