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Damian Penaud of France scores a diving try ahead of the France vs Italy Six Nations 2024 live stream
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Watch France vs Italy live stream

It's all eyes to the continent this Sunday, as the 2024 Six Nations heads to Lille for the annual clash between France and Italy. While the visitors continue their perpetual battle to avoid the wooden spoon, France will be seeking an improvement from their previous two games.

With Italy needing any rub of the green available to turn their way, coach Gonzalo Quesada will be looking to the heavens with a slight smile on his face. It's looking like a wet afternoon today in Lille, which may just disrupt the type of rugby the French were hoping to play.

Sunday's France vs Italy match at the 2024 Six Nations is free to watch on ITV in the UK and RTÉ in France. Peacock TV and DAZN and are the live streamers in the USA and Canada respectively. Down Under, it's Stan Sport in Australia and Sky Sport in New Zealand. And you can use a VPN to watch your chosen stream from wherever you are in the world.

France vs Italy live stream: Preview

The Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille plays host to this third round game of the 2024 Six Nations. The start time is at 3pm GMT (10am ET / 7am PT / 4pm CET) today (Sunday 25th February), which is 2am AEDT in Australia on Monday morning.

Having been convincingly defeated by Ireland on the opening night of this year's Six Nations, France got things back on track with an attritional win at Murrayfield. Yes, the Scots will claim that it was a video refereeing decision at the death that cost them, but France will hope that they turned a corner a fortnight ago in their current existential crisis without talismanic scrum-half Antoine Dupont.

As if losing Dupont wasn't enough, now Les Bleus' stand-in captain is injured, too. With Gregory Alldritt side-lined, fellow back rower Charles Ollivon leads the side and is joined by Paul Boudehent. Young second-row forward Posolo Tuilagi makes his first ever international start today.

The Azzurri have never beaten Les Bleus away from home in the Six Nations. But with the French unable to play at their Stade de France fortress while it's prepared for this summer's Olympic Games, Italy will want to take advantage. With all due respect, Gonzalo Quesada's men were never likely to trouble Ireland in Dublin last time out, but they showed real signs of quality in their three-point defeat to England on the opening weekend.

If the likes of Juan Ignacio Brex, Tommaso Menoncello and the returning Federico Mori can combine effectively, they could prove a real handful for the French defence. Martin Page-Relo is preferred to Stephen Varney at scrum-half today, with Giacomo Nicotera and Giosue Zilocchi coming in to refresh Italy's friont row.

You can watch all 2024 Six Nations games online for free, including this one. So keep reading to discover where to live stream France vs Italy in your country and from anywhere in the world.

France vs Italy teams:

France: 15-Ramos, 14-Penaud, 13-Fickou, 12-Danty, 11-Lebel; 10-Jalibert, 9-Lucu; 1-Baille, 2-Mauvaka, 3-Atonio, 4-Woki, 5-Tuilagi, 6-Boudehent, 7-Ollivon (c), 8-Cros

Italy: 15-Capuozzo, 14-Menoncello, 13-Brex, 12-Mori, 11-Ioane; 10-P. Garbisi, 9-Page-Relo; 1-Fischetti, 2-Nicotera, 3-Zilocchi, 4-Cannone, 5-Ruzza, 6-Favretto, 7-Lamaro (c), 8-Vintcent

Free France vs Italy live streams

This and every Six Nations game will be shown for free in the UK and Ireland.

In the UK, the free France vs Italy live stream is on ITVX. While in Ireland it will be streamed for for free on RTÉ Player.

If you're outside of the UK or Ireland this weekend, you can always try using a VPN to get around geo-restrictions that you'll face when overseas. We recommend ExpressVPN as it's really easy to use, fantastic at unblocking restricted streams and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you change your mind. 

Don't worry if you've never used a VPN before – it's really easy, and we have full instructions below.

Watch France vs Italy live stream from anywhere

You won't be able to watch your regular France vs Italy live stream while traveling abroad. The streaming service will spot that you're in a foreign country and block you.

You can use a VPN (virtual private network) to get around this, though. It's a straightforward piece of software that sets your device to appear as if it's in a different country, allowing you to watch Six Nations live streams from anywhere in the world.

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How to use a VPN to stream France vs Italy

1. Install the VPN of your choice. ExpressVPN is the one we recommend.

2. Open up the VPN app and choose the location of the service you wish to access. So for Six Nations rugby, you may wish to choose a server in the UK.

3. Then head over to ITVX on your browser or device and enjoy the free France vs Italy live stream!

Watch France vs Italy in the UK

You can watch France vs Italy live on ITV1 on TV this Sunday afternoon at 3pm GMT.

That means you can also stream the game online and for free on the channel's ITVX platform, available on browsers, smartphone app or a variety of streaming devices.

To stream live on ITVX, you should have a valid TV licence. Although that isn't required for watching the game on catch-up. 

Remember: use a VPN to access ITVX when travelling outside of the UK.

Watch France vs Italy Six Nations match in Ireland

This Six Nations game is being shown on the free-to-air RTÉ2 on TV in Ireland.

If you want to watch France vs Italy online, then you can do so for free on the RTÉ Player, with the service available across a wide range of devices.

Don't forget: Irish nationals can live stream every match free of charge while abroad with a VPN.

Watch France vs Italy in Australia

Streaming service Stan Sport has the rights to show every match of the 2024 Six Nations live in Australia. This one kicks off at 2am AEDT in the early hours of the morning on Monday 26th February.

To watch France vs Italy ad-free you'll need a Basic Stan package ($10 a month) together with its Stan Sport add-on (a further $15).

Out of Australia? Use a VPN to access your local stream when away from home.

Watch France vs Italy in the USA

NBC's Peacock TV streaming service is the only place to watch this 2024 Six Nations match live in the USA. It starts at 10am ET / 7am PT on Sunday.

Peacock starts from only $5.99 a month, or you can pay more to get rid of the ads. In addition to the Six Nations, you'll also be able to watch the likes of EPL soccer, WWE, Premiership Rugby and lots more.

The Peacock TV app is available on iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, LG smart TV, Vizio TV, PS4, and Xbox One. You can also watch through your web browser.

If you have access to CNBC and don't mind waiting a couple of hours, the match will be replayed in full there at 1pm ET on Sunday.

Outside the US? Peacock TV is only available within the States so be sure to use a rugby-friendly VPN if you're a subscriber stuck abroad.

Watch France vs Italy in New Zealand

Kiwis can watch France vs Italy courtesy of Sky Sport, which is showing every game of the 2024 tournament. This match kicks off at 4am on Monday morning.

Subscribers can also watch online using the its Sky Go service.

If you don't already have Sky and don't wish to commit to a full package just for the rugby, then Sky Sport Now offers weekly ($24.99) and monthly ($44.99) passes.

UK or Ireland rugby fan abroad? Live stream this Six Nations game on your home streaming service using a world class VPN.

Watch France vs Italy in Canada

Specialist sports streaming service DAZN is the place to watch France vs Italy, plus every other game of the 2024 Six Nations live in Canada. This game starts at 10am ET / 7am PT.

A DAZN subscription will currently set you back CA$29.99 a month or CA$199.99 a year

Don't forget: Canadian nationals can live stream matches via DAZN when overseas with a VPN.

France vs Italy live stream in South Africa

To watch France vs Italy and all Six Nations 2024 fixtures in South Africa, you'll need access to SuperSport. If you can't watch on your TV, you can also tune in via the network's streaming service for PC and Mac, as well as via SuperSport's dedicated app.

Alternatively, you can get SuperSport channels via the DSTV streaming platform, with plans starting from R129 per month.

This one starts at 5pm SAST on Sunday evening.

Watch France vs Italy in Singapore and Asia

Premier Sports has all the Six Nations action across most countries in Asia, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

France vs Italy starts at 3pm GMT, so double check your schedule for the start time in your time zone – in Singapore, for example, kick off is 11pm on the night of Sunday 25th February.

A monthly pass for Premier Sports will currently set you back US$25.99, but there's a 45% discount to be had if you opt for an annual plan at US$169.99 for a full year.

In addition to the Six Nations, a Premier Sports subscription also gives you access to Heineken Champions Cup, Gallagher Premiership, NRL, URC and Rugby Championship action.

UK expat in Asia? Then use a VPN to watch the free coverage from back home.

France vs Italy teams

France team to face Italy

Backs: Ramos, Penaud, Fickou, Danty, Bielle-Biarrey, Jailbert, Lucu

Forwards: Baille, Mauvaka, Antonio, Woki, Tuilagi, Boudehent, Ollivon (c), Cros 

Replacements: Marchand, Taofifenua, Aldegheri, Taofifenua, Roumat, Abadie, Le Garrec, Moefana

Italy team to face France

Backs: Capuozzo, Menoncello, Brex, Mori, Ioane, P Garbisi, Page-Relo

Forwards: Fischetti, Nicoterai, Zilocchi, N Cannone, Ruzza, Izekor, Favretto, Lamaro (c), Vintcent

Replacements: Lucchesi, Spagnolo, Ferrari, Canali, Zambonin, Zuliani, Varney, Marin

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