Guilhem Guirado and Guy Noves
Guilhem Guirado (left) and Guy Noves pose with the Six Nations trophyGetty Images

France take on Italy in the Six Nations at the Stade de France in Paris.

Where to Watch Live

France v Italy is live on BBC One and BBC One HD from 2:25pm (GMT) on Saturday 6 February.


France begin their Six Nations campaign with a relatively straightforward-looking game against Italy at the Stade de France. The hosts are being led by Guy Noves for the first time, with the former Toulouse coach promising a return to the flair-driven style that has characterised French rugby through the decades.

France also have a new captain in the form of Guilhem Guirado, who will be equally desperate to get his tenure in charge off to a winning start.

Italy, meanwhile, will be determined to put in a competitive performance, having endured a largely disappointing World Cup last year. The tournament marks the end of the road for current coach Jacques Brunel, who is to be replaced by Harlequins' Conor O'Shea at the end of the Six Nations. However, the 62-year-old Frenchman is looking to go out with a bang and has, therefore, named as many as 10 uncapped players in Italy's tournament squad.


France: 15. Maxime Medard, 14. Hugo Bonneval, 13. Gael Fickou, 12. Jonathan Danty, 11. Virimi Vakatawa, 10. Jules Plisson, 9. Sebastien Bezy, 8. Louis Picamoles, 7. Damien Chouly, 6. Wenceslas Lauret, 5. Yoann Maestri, 4. Paul Jedrasiak, 3. Rabah Slimani, 2. Guilhem Guirado, 1. Eddy Ben Arous

Replacements: 16. Camille Chat, 17. Uini Atonio, 18. Jefferson Poirot, 19. Alexandre Flanquart, 20. Yacouba Camara, 21. Maxime Machenaud, 22. Jean-Marc Doussain, 23. Maxime Mermoz

Italy: 15. David Odiete, 14. Leonardo Sarto, 13. Michele Campagnaro, 12. Gonzalo Garcia, 11. Mattia Bellini, 10. Carlo Canna, 9. Edoardo Gori, 8. Sergio Parisse, 7. Alessandro Zanni, 6. Francesco Minto, 5. Marco Fuser, 4 George Fabio Biagi, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 2. Ornel Gega, 1. Andrea Lovotti

Replacements: 16. Davide Giazzon, 17. Matteo Zanusso, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19. Valerio Bernabo, 20. Andries Van Schalkwyk, 21. Guglielmo Palazzani, 22. Kelly Haimona, 23. Luke McLean

What the Coaches say

Guy Noves: "I am not thinking of the (next) World Cup because, who knows, I might not even be coach by then. What you must do is think of the next game and that's what we're training for. Then we'll think of the game that comes after that.

"You could say maybe we look for three wins to start with, then a Grand Slam the year after but that's what you are saying. I'm looking at each game and from the first match, whatever its result, win or lose, we'll look on that first match and we'll improve and at the end of the tournament we'll take stock of what happened."

Jacques Brunel: "We have 13 players who, for various reasons, can't be here with us. Either they're injured or they've not been playing much club rugby, and that also applies to the guys who are playing abroad.

"If they're not playing regularly for their club side, we can't pick them for Italy. We have to widen our scope for selection because we don't have a huge base of players to choose from, so we have to help develop the younger ones."