Italy v France: Six Nations live! • Parlay Game

Ah the rubber game dead. The contest ultimately meaningless with little but pride at stake. For Italy, looking for its first Six nations victory since 2015, the visit of a French team with only one victory in this year's championships and only four in total under the reign of Jacques Brunel is an opportunity to end a sterile race that dates back to 2015.

For France, maybe there can be a late flowering. Brunel only has three players who played in France's 34-17 victory over the Azzurri in Paris last year. This win finally allowed France to rank above England last year. Once again, fourth place is within reach of Guilhem Guirado and his teammates if Scotland were to fall to Twickenham.

The return of Wesley Fofana after an injury is one of six changes made by Brunel. The 31-year-old makes his final appearance at Six Nations before retiring from international rugby after the World Cup. The Toulouse backer Maxime Medard is preferred to Thomas Ramos and Etienne Falgoux, powered in Clermont, takes a first start.

Italy head coach Conor O'Shea gives Marco Zanon, 21, in Treviso, his debut on a team with five changes since the defeat against England. Zebre striker David Sisi replaces wounded Dean Budd at the lock, while Gloucester flanker Jake Polledri also returns to the bottom row.

Italy: Hayward; Padovani, Zanon, Morisi, Esposito; Allan, Tebaldi; Lovotti, Ghiraldini, Pasquali, Sisi, Ruzza, Steyn, Polledri, Parisse (Capt)

replacements: Bigi, Traoré, Ferrari, Zanni, Negri, Palazzani, McKinley, Sperandio

La France: Medard; Penaud, Bastareaud, Fofana, Huget; Ntamack, Dupont; Falgoux, Guirado (Capt), Bamba, Lambey, Willemse, Alldritt, Camara, Picamoles

replacements: Cat, Priso, Aldegheri, Gabrillagues, Iturria, Serin, Lopez, Ramos

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