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Test Preview – France v Italy

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France is taking on Italy at home this weekend as they continue to put the last few things together before jetting off to Japan for the World Cup.

France have not yet named their 31-man squad for the World Cup so certain players can still change coach Jacques Brunel mind this weekend.

Brunel decided to go with Romain Ntamack at fly-half for this weekend who will play alongside Dupont with Fofana and Guitoune in the midfield.

At fullback Medard wil return to fullback after being on the bench last week against Scotland.

The rest of Brunel back three is Gael Fickou and Yoann Huget.

Two of those changes are Ferrari and Riccioni who will start in the front-row while Zanni has been named in the second row for Saturday.
Italy has been poor this past two years with another disappointing Six Nations and loosing to Ireland in a warm-up test a few weeks ago, but did get a good win over Russia when they beat them 85-15.
The Italians is in the same group as New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Namibia in the World Cup, which makes this test against France very important.
France had a brilliant win over Scotland at home but disappointed when they went and play Scotland away. They will want to get a good win under the belt to take on the plane to Japan.
France is not an easy team at home and we expect them to run away with this test.
Teams:

France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Sofiane Guitoune, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Romain Ntamack, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Arthur Iturria, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Jefferson Poirot (c)

Replacements: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Emerick Setiano, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Francois Cros, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Virimi Vakatawa, 23 Thomas Ramos

Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Matteo Minozzi, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Jake Polledri, 6 Abraham Steyn, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 Alessandro Zanni, 3 Marco Riccioni, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Simone Ferrari

Replacements: 16 Federico Zani, 17 Andrea Lovotti, 18 Tiziano Pasquali, 19 Dean Budd, 20 Sebastian Negri, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Tommaso Benvenuti

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