Italy vs France live stream: how to watch the Six Nations rugby for free

France number 8 Gregory Alldritt makes a break during the Guinness Six Nations
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Italy vs France live stream

Italy vs France in the 2023 Guinness Six Nations will be shown free on ITV and ITVX in the UK. In the US, you can watch on CNBC and stream it on Peacock, while in Australia you can pick up an Italy vs France live stream on Stan Sport. Use a VPN to watch your usual stream from anywhere if you happen to be abroad. Full details on how to watch Italy vs France on TV just below.

Italy vs France live stream: match preview

Les Bleus travel to Rome's Stadio Olimpico to take on the Azzurri in their opening match of the Guinness Six Nations. Last year's clash between the two saw hosts France trounce Italy 37-10 in the opening match of their tournament-winning campaign. But will France be as effective on the road?

France are defending champions after winning the Grand Slam in 2022. They opened their campaign last year with a convincing win against Italy in a rainy Stade de France.

Italy are the underdogs in this game. They have only beaten France twice in the competition, in 2011 and 2013, but they will no doubt be buoyed by the return of Paolo Garbisi to the squad – the fly-half had previously been sidelined with a knee injury.

Head coach Kieran Crowley says the team are taking things one day at a time.

"We have had a good week of work in Verona, putting the foundations in place for the 2023 Six Nations," he said. "We are taking it step-by-step: our focus now is on the present and that is France. We have faith in our abilities: we are on our path with the aim of continuing to build something important."

Despite the 37-10 scoreline in last year's clash, it was actually Italy that scored first, with a fantastic effort from Tommaso Menoncello. But France didn't waste any time, and hit back with an opportunistic try from Anthony Jelonch and then another from Gabin Villière just before the half time whistle. Villière added another after the break, before completing his hat-trick in dramatic fashion with the final move of the match.

Italy vs France kicks off at 3pm GMT / 10am EST on Sunday 5th February, at Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Make sure you know how to watch an Italy vs France live stream from anywhere.

UK: watch Italy vs France


Italy vs France will be broadcast live on the ITV in the UK, and on the streaming service ITVX. It's free to watch, as long as you have a TV licence.

Away from the UK? You can use a VPN to unblock the free Italy vs France live stream on ITVX from wherever you are. Details just below.

Watch Italy vs France live stream from anywhere

You won't be able to watch your regular Italy vs France 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 which sets your device to appear as if it's in the right country, allowing you to watch any Italy vs France live stream from anywhere in the world.

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How to use a VPN for Italy vs France live stream

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. For Italy vs France in the Six Nations, you may wish to choose 'UK' for ITVX.

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

US: watch Italy vs France live stream

In the US, Peacock is the place to find an Italy vs France live stream.

You can also watch the game later on CNBC via Sling TV. CNBC is available as part of the Sling News Extra add-on ($6 a month).

Italy vs France on CNBC via Sling (50% off deal)

Italy vs France on CNBC via Sling (50% off deal)
You can grab your first month of Sling for half-price (so, $20 instead of the usual $40) with this deal. To watch the Six Nations 2023, you'll need the Sling News Extra add-on ($6 a month). No contract, cancel anytime.

Watch Italy vs France live stream in Australia

If you're in Australia, you can watch an Italy vs France live stream on Stan Sport. Stan Sport has the rights to show every Six Nations 2023 match, live and ad-free, so it's a great choice.

Outside Australia? Simply use a VPN to access your local Italy vs France live stream without being geo-blocked.

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Italy vs France live stream Stan Sport 7-day free trial
Stan Sport is home to the Six Nations 2023, Super Rugby Pacific, Premiership Rugby and more, as well as other sports. You'll need a base Stan subscription plan first, which start at AU$10 a month, then the Stan Sport add-on is AU$10 a month. New users get a handy 7-day free trial.

Italy vs France live stream kick-off times

Global Italy vs France kick-off times

  • UK: 3pm
  • Central Europe: 4pm
  • USA (EST/PST): 10am / 7am
  • Australia: 2am (Sunday)
  • New Zealand: 3am (Sunday)

Six Nations fixtures – dates & TV times

All times GMT (UK time)

Round 1

Saturday 4 February
Wales vs Ireland - 2.15pm
England vs Scotland - 4.45pm

Sunday 5 February
Italy vs France - 3pm 

Round 2

Saturday 11 February
Ireland vs France - 2:15pm
Scotland vs Wales - 4.45pm

Sunday 12 February
England vs Italy - 3pm

Round 3

Saturday 25 February
Italy vs Ireland - 2.15pm
Wales vs England - 4.45pm

Sunday 26 February
France vs Scotland - 3pm

Round 4

Saturday 11 March
Italy vs Wales - 2.15pm
England vs France - 4.45pm

Sunday 12 March
Scotland vs Ireland - 3pm

Round 5

Saturday 18 March
Scotland vs Italy - 12.30pm
France vs Wales - 2.45pm
Ireland vs England - 5pm

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