We know the starting XV of the France team which will face Italy on Sunday at the opening of the 6 nations tournament. The Blues will be able to count on their magic hinge made up of Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack.
More generally, the French staff have largely chosen to trust the victorious team in the fall of New Zealand at the Stade de France, since thirteen of the fifteen winners of the All-Blacks will be aligned against the Italians who will not have won a match in the competition since 2015.
Here is the full starting team against Italy:
Jaminet – Penaud, Fickou, Danty, Villière – (o) Ntamack, (m) Dupont (cap.) – Cretin, Alldritt, Jelonch – Willemse, Woki – Atonio, Marchand, Baille
Big favorite of the competition, France benefits from an ultra favorable calendar with three receptions including a hypothetical “final” against England on the last day.
On Friday, we learned that the coach of the French rugby team Fabien Galthié had tested positive for Covid-19. “Raphael Ibañez and all of my staff, in whom I have full confidence, will be my relay in the field”, he wanted to reassure.