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Match Facts

France have won each of their last nine matches against Italy, in fact they have tasted defeat against the Azzurri just three times in 43 clashes (1997, 2011, 2013), the first of those losses (1997) the only one to take place in France (Grenoble).

France have won 10 of their last 12 matches (L2), including their last three in a row, Italy meanwhile have lost nine of their last 12 (W3) including their last seven on the trot.

Les Bleus have won their last seven home games, not since Wales visited in February 2019 have they tasted defeat in France; only once before (1973, 5/5) have they played 5+ home games in a calendar year and maintained a 100% win rate (4/4 in 2020 so far).

Across their last four away games Italy have conceded 164 points and scored just 39, failing to score a single point in two of those matches.

Since beating South Africa in November 2016, Italy have lost 33 of 34 fixtures against fellow Tier 1 nations (they beat Japan in 2018).

France have won 100% of scrums on their own feed in each of their last nine matches, winning 36/36 scrums in those nine games, this is their best run of games with a 100% success rate in the last 10 years.

France have the best gainline success rate in the Autumn Nations Cup this year, gaining ground with 62% of their carries – no other nation has a rate better than 50%; meanwhile, only Georgia (39%) have a lower rate than Italy (40%).

Jake Polledri has beaten 24 defenders in six appearances for Italy in 2020, nine more than any other forward has managed in Test rugby this year (Ardie Savea 15).

Mattia Bellini and Matteo Minozzi have each scored 11 tries in Test rugby for Italy, those tries all coming since the beginning of 2018 – only three European players have scored more than them in that period (Jonny May 21, Josh Adams 14, Jacob Stockdale 14).

Alivereti Raka has scored three tries in just four appearances for France, crossing the try line in each of his last two matches for Les Bleus - against the USA and Tonga at the Rugby World Cup (also v Scotland in August 2019).

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