Italy v France: Team line-ups, kick-off time, key quotes, predictions, odds and where to watch on TV

France's Romain Ntamack scores his side's first try
France's Romain Ntamack scores his side's first try

Our guide to Saturday's Guinness Six Nations clash between Italy and France includes team news, predictions, statistics and more.

What time is kick off & what channel is it on?

The match, which takes place at Stadio Olimpico, will start at 1230 GMT on Saturday March 16 and will be screened live on ITV 1.

Italy v France: Teams

Italy: Jayden Hayward, Edoardo Padovani, Marco Zanon, Luca Morisi, Angelo Esposito, Tommaso Allan, Tito Tebaldi, Andrea Lovotti, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Tiziano Pasquali, David Sisi, Federico Ruzza, Braam Steyn, Jake Polledri, Sergio Parisse. Replacements: Luca Bigi, Cherif Traore, Simone Ferrari, Alessandro Zanni, Sebastian Negri, Guglielmo Palazzani, Ian McKinley, Luca Sperandio

France: Maxime Medard, Damian Penaud, Mathieu Bastareaud, Wesley Fofana, Yoann Huget; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont, Etienne Falgoux, Guilhem Guirado (capt), Demba Bamba, Felix Lambey, Paul Willemse, Gregory Alldritt, Yacouba Camara, Louis Picamoles. Replacements: Camille Chat, Dany Priso, Dorian Aldegheri, Paul Gabrillagues, Arthur Iturria, Baptiste Serin, Camille Lopez, Thomas Ramos

Italy v France: Odds & advice

  • Italy to win: 10/3
  • Draw: 20/1
  • France to win: 1/5

Tony Calvin: "The more that I look at the sides – and for me Italy have had the lock of the tournament in Federico Ruzza – the more I think the hosts may actually win this match. So even though the market has all been one-way in the last week, I still think there is a little bit of juice in a 10-point start."

Italy v France: Key quotes

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Italy v France: Last four meetings

  • 2018: France 34-17 Italy, Marseille
  • 2017: Italy 18-40 France, Rome
  • 2016: France 23-21 Italy, Paris
  • 2015: France 32-10 Italy, London (World Cup)

Six Nations Championship 2019: Fixtures, TV Schedule & results

Round One (February 1-2)

Round Two (February 9-10)

Round Three (February 23-24)

Round Four (March 9-10)

Round Five (March 16)

  • Italy v France, Saturday March 16, 1230 GMT, Stadio Olimpico, ITV 1
  • Wales v Ireland, Saturday March 16, 1445 GMT, Principality Stadium, BBC 1 & S4C
  • England v Scotland, Saturday March 16, 1700 GMT, Twickenham, ITV 1

Six Nations 2019: Table

  1. Wales P: 4 W: 4 D: 0 L: 0 PF: 89 PA: 58 PD: +31 BONUS: 0 PTS: 16
  2. England P: 4 W: 3 D: 0 L: 1 PF: 146 PA: 63 PD: +83 BONUS: 3 PTS: 15
  3. Ireland P: 4 W: 3 D: 0 L: 1 PF: 94 PA: 75 PD: +19 BONUS: 2 PTS: 14
  4. Scotland P: 4 W: 1 D: 0 L: 3 PF: 67 PA: 87 PD: -20 BONUS: 2 PTS: 6
  5. France P: 4 W: 1 D: 0 L: 3 PF: 68 PA: 104 PD: -36 BONUS: 2 PTS: 6
  6. Italy P: 4 W: 0 D: 0 L: 3 PF: 65 PA: 142 PD: -77 BONUS: 0 PTS: 0

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