Italy vs France rugby: TV channel, kick-off time, live stream free, teams for TODAY'S Six Nations 2021 match

FRANCE are in Italy as they look to make a big statement of intent after finishing second in last year's campaign.

The French pushed England close in 2020, finishing level on 18 points last year but failed to beat Ireland by a big enough scoreline to lift the trophy on the final day.

And they'll be out for the bonus point at a minimum against the Azzurri, who haven't won a Six Nations fixture since 2015.

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What time does Italy vs France kick off?

  • Italy vs France takes place on Saturday, February 6 – TODAY.
  • The match kicks off at 2.15pm – 3.15pm in Rome.
  • It takes place in the Italian capital at the Stadio Olimpico.

What TV channel is Italy vs France on and can I live stream it?

  • Italy vs France is live on ITV in the UK.
  • Coverage commences at 1.30pm – 45 minutes before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub.
  • France 2 will be showing all the Six Nations matches in France with DMAX doing likewise in Italy.

Can I watch Italy vs France for FREE?

  • Yes. Italy vs France is free for all UK viewers with a TV licence.

Team news

Latest odds

Italy 14/1

Draw 40/1

France 1/33

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Saturday, February 6

  • Giacomo Pisa

    OPENING WEEKEND

    Here's the fixtures for the opening weekend of the Six Nations.

    Italy vs France gets the tournament underway in just over an hour's time, before England host Scotland at Twickenham later this afternoon.

    Opening weekend comes to an end tomorrow as Ireland travel to Cardiff to face Wales at the Principality Stadium.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ITALY TEAM NEWS

    Franco Smith puts his faith in youth today, with ten of the starting side having less than ten caps to their name.

    Luca Sperandio is the most experienced in the Italian backline, and he only has eight caps.

    Stephen Varney starts at scrum half, with the 19-year-old opting to play for Italy rather than Wales due to his Italian mother.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FRANCE TEAM NEWS

    France star man Romain Ntamack misses out through injury, meaning Matthieu Jalibert starts at fly half today.

    Virimi Vakatawa is also injured for the French, so Arthur Vincent partners Gael Fickou in the centres.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FABIEN'S THOUGHTS

    And this is what France head coach Fabien Galthie had to say:

    "All the players that we are following create a competition which pushes to the squad forwards.

    "In this team and this squad, there is a lot of competition which can give us some headaches.

    "Nevertheless we keep working on the collective experience every team, but the team is a year older now so we want to keep growing together."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SMITH SPEAKS

    Here's what Italy head coach Franco Smith had to say ahead of this afternoon's Six Nations opener.

    “We will show courage in taking on a France team that showed its quality during the last Guinness Six Nations and the Autumn Nations Cup.

    "We are following our growing process to continue introducing the new generations – I cannot wait to start a Championship as important and fascinating as the Guinness Six Nations.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FRANCE STARTING XV

    1 Baille, 2 Marchand, 3 Haouas, 4 Le Roux, 5 Willemse, 6 Cretin, 7 Ollivon, 8 Alldritt

    9 Dupont, 10 Jalibert, 11 Villiere, 12 Fickou, 13 Vincent, 14 Thomas, 15 Dulin

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ITALY STARTING XV

    1 Traore, 2 Bigi (c), 3 Riccioni, 4 Lazzaroni, 5 Sisi, 6 Negri, 7 Meyer, 8 Lamaro

    9 Varney, 10 Garbisi, 11 Ioane, 12 Brex, 13 Zanon, 14 Sperandio, 15 Trulla

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD AFTERNOON 

    It feels like the last Six Nations campaign only just ended, but the 2021 tournament is already open us. 

    The opening fixture sees Italy take on France in Rome, before England face Scotland later this afternoon, and Wales vs Scotland rounds off the first weekend of fixtures tomorrow. 

    The French come into the tournament in fine form having finished second in last year’s edition, and also reached the Autumn Nations Cup final in December before losing to England.

    Italy have recorded two Six Nations wins over their European neighbours in their history, but the most recent of those was all the way back in 2013. 

    The Azurri did register two wins in three years against the French, also triumphing in 2011. 

    The two nations faced off twice in 2020, with France running out 35-22 winners in the Six Nations clash, before a thumping 36-5 victory in the Autumn Nations Cup. 

    Kick off is at 2.15pm and the team news is coming up next. 

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