- France sent a big message to the rest of the teams in the Six Nations as they put in a brutal display to upset England and the French will believe they can win the title if they can maintain that level of performance.
- Fabien Galthie named a youthful side and that exuberance proved too much for England who were completely outplayed with France able to rack up a 17-point lead at the break as they became the first team to nil England at half-time in 32 years.
- After chopping and changing their half-backs during the Rugby World Cup, France may have finally found the right pairing after Antoine Dupont and Romain Natamack controlled the game for the French and they will have a key role to play moving forward.
- Italy’s preparations for the Six Nations did not go to plan with them losing their head coach and their interim boss Franco Smith was powerless to prevent a one-sided display as his side were hammered by Wales.
- The Azzurri were unable to score a single point against the Welsh in a very disappointing display in which they conceded 42 points and they have plenty of work to do if they are to avoid another embarrassing loss this weekend.
- Following such a big defeat, Italy are expected to ring the changes for this contest but even making numerous personnel switches is unlikely to prevent the Italians from being on the end of another one-sided scoreline.
- France have won 18 of the previous 20 Six Nations matches between the two nations.
- France have won each of their previous 10 home matches against Italy in the Six Nations.
- France have been winning at HT in 19 of their previous 20 Six Nations matches against Italy.
- France have been winning at HT by a margin of less than five points or less in each of the last four Six Nations matches between the two nations.
- Italy have lost each of their last 23 Six Nations matches.
- Italy have scored an average of 14 points per game in their last 20 Six Nations matches.
- Italy have lost by a margin of at least 42 points in each of their last two away matches in the Six Nations.
More to follow:
FRANCE V ITALY
France v Italy
@ Stade de France
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)