Italy v France, Six Nations 2023: What time is kick-off and what TV channel is it on?
France are looking for just their second back-to-back Grand Slam in the tournament's history, after the inaugural success of 1997 and 1998. France ended 2022 unbeaten, winning a record 10 consecutive matches, and are currently on a 13-match winning streak.
Italy, meanwhile, claimed a first Six Nations win in seven years when they defeated Wales 22-21 in Cardiff in their final game last season, ending a 36-game losing streak in the competition. They followed that up with a historic first victory over Australia in the autumn internationals.
When and where is Italy vs France?
Italy vs France will take place on Sunday, February 5, kicking off at Stadio Olimpico in Rome at 3pm UK time.
The other matches on Saturday are Wales vs Ireland at 2.15pm and England vs Scotland at 4.45pm.
What TV channel is Italy vs France on?
Italy versus France will be broadcast on ITV.
What happened in this fixture in 2022?
These two teams met in the opening round of the competition last year, where France had to do without their head coach at Stade de France after Fabien Galthie tested positive for Covid 19. After a sticky start which saw Italy take the lead in the first half, the future champions fought back to keep their opponents quiet in the second period and see out a quotidian win.
Read Telegraph Sport's full coverage of the match here.
What is the latest team news?
Italy have named fly-half Paolo Garbisi in their squad for their first two Six Nations matches, against France and England, after he recovered from a knee problem that had threatened his participation in the tournament.
Coach Kieran Crowley suggested earlier this week that Garbisi would be absent from his selection, but it appears the Montpellier No 10 has done enough to prove his fitness.
The squad has no real surprises in it, though Crowley is missing a number of injured players including No 8 Toa Halafihi, hooker Gianmarco Lucchesi, fly-half Leonardo Marin and lock David Sisi.
Meanwhile, Sergio Parisse will hang up his boots for good at the end of the season, bringing an end to a 21-year professional career.
Parisse, who turns 40 in September, had already announced his plans to retire but changed his mind last year.
Cameron Woki has been ruled out of the Six Nations after sustaining a wrist injury in Racing 92's win over Harlequins.
Alongside centre Jonathan Danty – who will miss a large chunk of the championship due to a knee injury – France's lock-cum-flanker is the highest-profile omission from Fabien Galthié's 42-player squad, which features eight uncapped players.
In better news for the French head coach, however, mammoth lock Paul Willemse returns after missing France's last five victories, while Antoine Dupont is once again named captain.
Backing up Dupont is one of the most intriguing subplots of Galthié's squad. With the ankle injury to regular replacement Maxime Lucu, France's head coach has opted to dispense with experience, also omitting his usual third-choice scrum-half, Baptiste Couilloud. Léo Coly of Montpellier and Nolann Le Garrec of Racing 92 are Dupont's two understudies, both of whom are among the eight uncapped players who will assemble for a training camp in Capbreton.
Of the remaining six uncapped players in Galthié's squad, Bordeaux wing Louis Bielle-Biarrey has received an inaugural call-up. The remaining five - Stade Francais centre Julien Delbouis, Pau centre Emilien Gailleton, La Rochelle flanker Paul Boudehent, Bordeaux full-back Romain Buros and Lyon wing Ethan Dumortier – have all featured in previous training squads under Galthié without winning a cap. Gailleton – a former France under-20s captain – and Bielle-Biarrey are just 19 years old, while Dumortier is the current top try-scorer in the Top 14.
Hooker Peato Mauvaka – the only player to have appeared in each game of the current win streak – is another absentee due to injury alongside hot-stepping wing Gabin Villiere, who is nearing a return after a long-term absence.
Uini Atonio, Damian Penaud, Matthieu Jalibert, and Francois Cros are all currently convalescing from injury, but all are named in the squad and expected to be fit by the time France begin their Championship defence away in Rome on Sunday Feb 5.
Who is the referee?
Referee: Matthew Carley (RFU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nic Berry (RA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Way (RA)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (WRU)
Italy vs France latest odds
Odds correct as of February 2
What is our prediction?
Italy 18 France 32
Kieran Crowley has promised that Italy will give it a lash and they have plenty of exciting individuals. France were not at their best in the autumn, but will shake off the rust with a win in Rome.