Italy v France, Six Nations 2023: Kick-off time, TV channel and team news
France are looking for just their second back-to-back Grand Slam in the tournament's history, after the inaugural success of 1997 and 1998. France ended 2022 unbeaten, winning a record 10 consecutive matches, and are currently on a 13-match winning streak.
Italy, meanwhile, claimed a first Six Nations win in seven years when they defeated Wales 22-21 in Cardiff in their final game last season, ending a 36-game losing streak in the competition. They followed that up with a historic first victory over Australia in the autumn internationals.
When and where is Italy vs France?
Italy vs France will take place on Sunday, February 5, kicking off at Stadio Olimpico in Rome at 3pm UK time.
The matches on Saturday are Wales vs Ireland at 2.15pm and England vs Scotland at 4.45pm.
What TV channel is Italy vs France on?
Italy versus France will be broadcast on ITV.
What happened in this fixture in 2022?
These two teams met in the opening round of the competition last year, where France had to do without their head coach at Stade de France after Fabien Galthie tested positive for Covid 19. After a sticky start which saw Italy take the lead in the first half, the future champions fought back to keep their opponents quiet in the second period and see out a quotidian win.
Read Telegraph Sport's full coverage of the match here.
What is the latest team news?
Tommaso Allan has been named at fly-half for Italy in their Six Nations opener against France in Rome on Sunday as coach Kieran Crowley’s side look to build on a successful autumn international series.
Harlequins pivot Allan will be partnered by Gloucester scrum-half Stephen Varney, with Luca Morisi and Juan Ignacio Brex making up the midfield. Livewire full-back Ange Capuozzo is part of a back three that also includes wings Pierre Bruno and Tommaso Menoncello.
The latter is one of nine players from the Benetton club in the starting XV, including seven from the forward pack.
The odd one out is London Irish prop Danilo Fischetti, who will pack down with Simone Ferrari and hooker Giacomo Nicotera. The second row comprises Niccolo Cannone and Federico Ruzza.
Lorenzo Cannone is at No 8 and will be behind flankers Sebastian Negri and captain Michele Lamaro.
Italy XV: Capuozzo; Bruno, Brex, Morisi, Menoncello; Allan, Varney; Fischetti, Nicotera, Ferrari; N Cannone, Ruzza; Negri, Lamaro, L Cannone
Replacements: Bigi, Zani, Ceccarelli, Iachizzi, Pettinelli, Zuliani, Fusco, Padovani
Lyon winger Ethan Dumortier will earn his first cap for France.
As Les Bleus continue their journey towards the World Cup held in France later this year, Dumortier stands in for Gabin Villiere who was ruled out of the whole championship with a fibula fracture.
Thomas Ramos has been named at full-back by head coach Fabien Galthie at the expense of Melvyn Jaminet, who does not even feature in the 23-man squad.
Gael Fickou and Yoram Moefana will pair up at centre.
"We finished second twice in a row before winning it with a Grand Slam (last year) but our journey is not finished," Galthie said.
"We are going to get better because our team has not yet reached the age of maturity."
France XV: Ramos; Penaud, Fickou, Moefana, Dumortier; Ntamack, Dupont; Baille, Marchand, Atonio; Flament, Willemse; Jelonch, Ollivon, Alldritt
Replacements: Barlot, Wardi, Falatea, Taofifenua, Lavault, Macalou, Le Garrec, Jalibert
Who is the referee?
Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nic Berry (RA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Way (RA)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
Italy vs France latest odds
Odds correct as of February 3
What is our prediction?
Italy 18 France 32
Kieran Crowley has promised that Italy will give it a lash and they have plenty of exciting individuals. France were not at their best in the autumn, but will shake off the rust with a win in Rome.