France v Italy predictions, tips, odds and free bets (Rugby World Cup - Pool D - 19.9.2015)

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France v Italy predictions, tips, odds and free bets (Rugby World Cup - Pool D - 19.9.2015)

France ad Italy lock horns at Twickenham on Saturday night in an interesting  Rugby World Cup Pool D clash. Check out here our FRANCE v ITALY betting preview with free tips, predictions, best odds, starting XVs, team news, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the match!

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FRANCE v ITALY BETTING PREVIEW Since finishing as runners-up in the last World Cup France have been incredibly erratic under coach Philippe Saint-Andre. They finished fourth in the Six Nations at the start of the year with only two wins. Anyway, they beat Italy in Rome without conceding a point. France were extremely impressive in their final warm-up game for this World Cup, beating England in Paris.

Les Blues will be without injured centre Wesley Fofana who suffered a thigh injury against Scotland in France's warm-up match earlier this month. His place alongside Mathieu Bastareaud goes to Alexandre Dumoulin. Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Frederic Michalak start in the half-backs, with Yoann Huget on the left wing.

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Italy, who have won just three of 36 matches against France, recorded only a single win in their last Six Nations tournament, edging out Scotland in Edinburgh. Their three most recent warm ups saw them beaten 16-12 by Scotland in Turin before being thumped 48-7 by the same opponent in Edinburgh a week later. The Azzurri were impressive last time out as they went down 23-19 to Wales in Cardiff.

Leonardo Ghiraldini will captain Italy in the absence of back-row lynchpin Sergio Parisse. Samuela Vunisa shifts from openside flanker to replace the Italian skipper. The Azzurri will also miss their most creative fly-half in Kelly Haimona, who was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a broken arm. Michele Campagnaro will make his World Cup debut in place of star centre Luca Morisi, who was ruled out of the tournament with torn knee ligaments.

Recent results:

  • 2015: France won 29-0 in Rome
  • 2014: France won 30-10 in Paris
  • 2013: Italy won 23-18 in Rome
  • 2012: France won 30-12 in Paris
  • 2011: Italy won 22-21 in Rome
  • 2010: France won 46-20 in Paris


France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Alexandre Dumoulin, 11 Noa Nakaitaci, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Damien Chouly, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous.

Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Alexandre Flanquart, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Remi Tales, 23 Gael Fickou.

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Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Hugo Campagnaro, 12 Andrea Masi, 11 Giovanbattista Venditti, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Samuela Vunisa, 7 Francesco Minto, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Josh Furno, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (captain), 1 Matias Aguero.

Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Enrico Bacchin.


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