France 47-19 Italy: Hosts cruise to victory in final warm-up match ahead of Rugby World Cup

France players celebrate a try against Italy at the Stade de France
France players celebrate a try against Italy at the Stade de France

France concluded their preparations for the World Cup with a comfortable 47-19 victory over Italy in their final warm-up match in Paris.

Italy took the lead after going behind to Yoann Huget's early try when Tommaso Allan converted Mattia Bellini's try midway through the first half.

However, the hosts took control thereafter and tries from Camille Chat, Antoine Dupont and Arthur Iturria together with a penalty try saw France pull clear.

Jake Polledri and Bellini went over in the second half as Italy offered some resistance but Wenceslas Lauret and Thomas Ramos ran in tries for France.

Italy next face England on September 6 in Newcastle in what will be the final warm-up match for both countries before heading to the World Cup in Japan.

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