Italy vs France in Six Nations rugby in Rome

French rugby fans come to Rome for Six Nations match against Italy.

The Azzurri meet France in the 2019 Six Nations rugby tournament at Rome's Olympic Stadium at 13.30 on Saturday 16 March.

The game will be the last of Italy's three home matches and takes place on the final day of this year's championship.

Both sides meet in Rome following defeats the previous weekend: defending Six Nations champions Ireland beat France 26-14 in Dublin while Italy was sorely beaten by England, 54-17, in Twickemham.

Admitting that England’s physicality proved too much, Italy's captain Sergio Parisse said that the English victory was well-deserved and that the Azzurri need to work on their defence to be ready for France.

Italy's coach, Irishman Conor O'Shea, said the focus of the Azzurri will be "trying to play our best rugby. We want to finish the championship with a great performance at Stadio Olimpico."

The French come to Rome seeking to bounce back from the defeat in Dublin, their second in the current Six Nations after losing 19-24 to Wales on 1 February.

Italy heads into the match bottom of the league, with France in joint-second last position with Scotland. Wales is currently top of the table with 16 points, followed by England (15) and Ireland (14).

Italian and French rugby fans will be greeted with live music, beer and a party atmosphere at the Terzo Tempo Peroni Village 2019 in the stadium grounds, before and after the game.

Six Nations ticket-holders have free admission to 16 Rome museums throughout the weekend, thanks to the IV Tempo Rugby e Cultura initiative.

For those who wish to watch the weekend's rugby games on the big screen, check out our list of top venues in Rome.
For full details see Six Nations website.