France got into their 700th Test match hoping to wipe out the memory of one of their most surprising defeats in those 700.
Italy turned Philippe Saint-Andre over in Rome last year in a miserable championship for Les Bleus.
Now France have a chance to put themselves in the box seat of this year’s 6 Nations with a win at home over the Azzurri on Sunday.
Italy’s pack struggled up front against Wales, whereas France had the wood over England on the scrum. That contest will be crucial if the visitors are to get a foothold in Paris.
Elsewhere, there are some intriguing matchups that should make this a fascinating clash.
Here are five of them.