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Six nations: where to see and five things to know about Italy-France


Schedule, statistics, offbeat info... Everything you need to know before the first match of the Blues, this Sunday in Rome, in the Tournament.

Where to see Italy-France

The kick-off of the first match of the XV of France in the 2023 edition of the Six Nations Tournament will be given this Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

A meeting broadcast live on France 2, with Matthieu Lartot and Dimitri Yachvili on commentary.

Also available on

for the last live commented by the unique Romain Rouillard.

To discover

  • Calendar and results 6 Nations

  • Ranking Tournament 6 of Nations

And 2 is 80

Ethan Dumortier, holder, and Nolann Le Garrec, substitutes, are the two Blues with no selection.

Since the start of his term, Fabien Galthié has already offered at least one selection to 44 players.

This figure should therefore rise to 46. For a round account of 80 players selected in three years.

Two Grand Slams in a row, it's rare

The Blues are seeking a second Grand Slam in a row.

A very rare performance in the long history of the Tournament.

If we forget England in different times (1913 and 1914, then 1923 and 1924), only two teams have managed this pass of two in the modern history of the competition.

The XV of the Rose, again him, in 1991 and 1992, as well as… the XV of France, in 1997 and 1998. Since the transition to six nations, in 2000, no team has managed to repeat this double feat.

40 defeats before liberation

Last March, in Cardiff, Italy went straight for a seventh wooden spoon in a row, when their exploit against the Welsh ended an incredible black series of 40 defeats in a row in the Tournament.

The overall record since entering the competition in 2000, however, remains terrible: 13 wins, one draw and… 101 defeats!

And thirteen for the Blues?

The France team has lost only three times (in 46 confrontations) against Italy.

In 1997 in Grenoble (32-40), and twice in Rome.

In 2011 (22-21 defeat for the men of Marc Lievremont), then in 2013 (23-18 for those of Philippe Saint-André).

Since then, the hierarchy has been restored, the Blues remaining, before this Roman weekend, on twelve rank victories against the Transalpins (including 9 in the Tournament).

Read alsoThe fabulous destiny of the Six Nations Tournament on television

bronze wedding

At 26 and 23 respectively, Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack will already set a new record for the French team.

The two Toulousains will indeed be associated from the start of the match at the hinge of the XV of France for the 22nd time this Sunday in Rome.

A bronze wedding to allow them to beat the Parra-Trinh-Duc couple (21 times) and the Elissalde-Michalak pair (15 times).

Source: lefigaro

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