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France v Italy RECAP | World Cup

READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Pool A match between France and Italy at OL Stadium in Lyon.


Maxime Lucu starts for Les Bleus at scrumhalf in place of injured captain Antoine Dupont, Grégory Alldritt returns to the back row for François Cros, and Louis Bielle-Biarrey gets the nod over Gabin Villiere on the left wing. Charles Ollivon captains, in Dupont’s absence, for the first time since the French tour of Japan in July 2022.

Tommaso Allan moves back to flyhalf for Italy after starting at fullback against the All Blacks, Paolo Garbisi returns to inside centre, and Ange Capuozzo switches to fullback after playing three of his past four tests on the right wing.

France have won 44 of 47 test matches against Italy, dating back to the first on 17 October, 1937. Italy’s last win came in Rome during the 2013 Six Nations, 14 matches ago.

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