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Italy vs France LIVE rugby: Six Nations 2023 result and reaction



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France are aiming to defend the Six Nations title that they won in such style with last year’s grand slam and start their bid when they travel to Rome to face a resurgent Italy this afternoon.

It promises to be a massive year for Les Bleus, who will host the World Cup in September, and under head coach Fabien Galthie are one of the favourites both then and now. Their fiercest competition for both comes in the shape of the No 1 ranked side in the world: Ireland, whose bonus-point victory over Wales in the opener in Cardiff on Saturday makes next week’s contest in Dublin a tantalising prospect.

However, they can’t overlook Italy – who finally ended their embarrassing 36-match losing streak in the Six Nations last year with an emotional victory over Wales, as the heroics of young superstar Ange Capuozzo set up Edoardo Padovani for a late game-winning try that will go down in the tournament’s history. Kieran Crowley’s side followed that up with a first-ever victory over Australia in the autumn and are a youthful team, clearly on the up.

France also ran into controversy this week as they were visited in training camp by former French Rugby Federation president Bernard Laporte, who was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence for corruption in December. Les Bleus general manager Raphael Ibanez explained the decision: “Our mission is a purely sporting one. Last night we invited Bernard because France organising the World Cup is thanks to him. And that’s where the deep motivation of our players comes from.”


Relive all the action from Italy vs France below:


F/T: Italy 24-29 France

That really was wonderful fun. Credit to France for (just about) holding their nerve and finding a way to win, but Italy are building something bonkers and beautiful.

Here’s that winning score:

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:55


F/T: Italy 24-29 France

An extraordinary game of rugby, and another significant feather in the cap of this rapidly developing Italian team. The hosts played with belief and adventure right from the off, a tactic that looked foolish in the first 20 minutes but threatened to cause an almighty shock thereafter as some creative attacking play and Tommaso Allan’s boot nudged them in front.

But Matthieu Jalibert’s beautifully taken score spared France’s blushes – last year’s Grand Slammers are up and running with a five-point away victory, but that does not at all tell the story of a major, major scare.

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:52



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Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:50


Italy 24-29 France, 82 minutes

The maul goes down in a heap. “Down by white!” cries Matthew Carley – France have done it! By the skin of their teeth, the defending champions hold on and extend their unbeaten run!

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:49


Italy 24-29 France, 81 minutes

The noise ratchets up. Where is Manuel Zuliani going?!? Antoine Dupont just about grabs him.

France have it – but illegally! Hands on the floor before contesting – penalty to Italy.

Another shallow kick from Allan, but Italy will have a seven metre lineout. Banker ball at the front…

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:49


Italy 24-29 France, 80 minutes

Safety first from Allan – kicked out outside the French 22. One last shot at another magic Italian moment…

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:48


Italy 24-29 France, 79 minutes

Penalty advantage for Italy! Two French players in at the side of the maul.

The clock ticks past 79:00 as Italy take a wise pause. Tommaso Allan will look for as much distance as possible with his punt towards the corner.

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:47


Italy 24-29 France, 78 minutes

The lineout goes awry! France might have been able to milk some clock with the maul but Gaetan Barlot’s throw had too much amplitude.

The ball diverts into touch off a French boot. Italy lineout on halfway.

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:46


Italy 24-29 France, 77 minutes

Alessandro Fusco has replaced Stephen Varney at scrum half for Italy. He injects a bit of tempo, bringing his forwards around the corner with appropriate gusto.

But that’s a magnificent bit of work from Sekou Macalou. Supports in the tackle, shows a clear release and then over the top like a barnacle – penalty to France!


Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:45


Italy 24-29 France, 76 minutes

Crikey is this tense. Into the final five minutes with the game very much in the balance.

France scrum strongly but can’t draw a penalty. A threaded kick goes out of play just before Ange Capuozzo’s attempted hack diverts it further towards the stands – it’ll be Italy’s lineout ball to throw.

Harry Latham-Coyle5 February 2023 16:44

Source: Independent


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