France will look to make it four wins from four at the Rugby World Cup when they face Italy in their final Pool A match on Friday at 8pm (UK time).
The host nation are still not yet guaranteed a quarter-final place, which they will secure with a draw. But with New Zealand likely to beat Uruguay 24 hours earlier, defeat could well see them eliminated from their own tournament.
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France began the tournament with contrasting victories over New Zealand and Uruguay, producing a real hard-fought performance to battle past the All Blacks before struggling against the latter.
But it clicked for the hosts against Namibia, who conceded 96 points without reply, but they know they cannot take anything for granted against Italy.
The Azzurri have never progressed beyond the World Cup pool stages, but they are still in with a shout after collecting 10 points from their opening three games.
After beating Namibia and Uruguay, the Italians came unstuck against New Zealand, who ran out comprehensive 96-17 victors, and cannot afford to be slow out of the blocks if they are to stun the hosts.
Fabian Galthie makes just two changes from France’s dominant win over Namibia. Maxime Lucu replaces injured skipper Antoine Dupont at scrum-half, while Gregory Alldritt comes in for Francois Cros, who drops to the bench.
Kieran Crowley makes five changes from the heavy defeat to New Zealand. That includes a new front row in Simone Ferrari, Epalahame Faiva and Pietro Ceccarelli, while Niccolo Cannone and Pierre Bruno also start for the Azzurri.
France: Thomas Ramos, Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Matthieu Jalibert, Maxime Lucu; Cyril Baille, Peato Mauvaka, Uini Atonio, Cameron Woki, Thibaud Flament, Anthony Jelonch, Charles Ollivon, Gregory Alldritt.
Replacements: Pierre Bourgarit, Reda Wardi, Dorian Aldegheri, Romain Taofifenua, Francois Cros, Baptiste Couilloud, Yoram Moefana, Melvyn Jaminet.
Italy XV: Ange Capuozzo, Pierre Bruno, Juan Ignacio Brex, Paolo Garbisi, Montanna Ioane, Tommason Allan, Stephen Varney; Simone Ferrari, Hame Faiva, Pietro Ceccarelli, Niccolo Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Sebastian Negri, Michele Lamaro, Lorenzo Cannone.
Replacements: Marco Manfredi, Federico Zani, Marco Riccioni, David Sisi, Manuel Zuliani, Alessandro Fusco, Luca Morisi, Lorenzo Pani.
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