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France U20s will be playing their first match under the guidance of coach Thomas Lievremont, when they open their 2016 U20's Six Nations campaign on Friday against Italy Under 20s at the Stade Pre Fleuri. The French are the second most successful country in the U20s tournament since its introduction in 2008. They have claimed two titles, in 2009 and 2014. England being the most successful of all the participants, having claimed five titles.

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When the French finished at the top of the pile in 2014, they did so with a Grand Slam of five wins from five fixtures. Only the third time that the feat had been achieved, England doing so on the other two occasions. In 2015, France Under 20s dropped to second position in the table, winning three and losing two games, and finishing two points behind England, having lost to the English in the final game of the tournament in Brighton by 11-24.

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When the teams met in the 2015 tournament at the Stadio Mario e Romolo Pacifici, the visitors won a comfortable 40-10 victory. Following the Six Nations tournament, the countries moved on to the World Championship, which was hosted by the Italians. France finished fourth in the global championship, while the hosts followed up their 6-Nations Wooden Spoon, with an 11th place finish, surviving in the top tier only thanks to a 20-19 win against Samoa U20's.

Posted: 8th February 2014


France U20's will look to build on their unexpected, but outstanding victory over the current World U20 Championship England, last weekend, when they face their Italian counterparts at Stade Alfred Armandie on Saturday Evening. Last season these two sides occupied the bottom two positions in the U20 Six Nations table, with France Under 20s recording two victories, against Scotland and Italy, while the only match in which the Italians avoided defeat, was against Ireland, when they secured a draw.

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Italy Under 20s was soundly beaten in their opening game of this season's championship, away to Wales 9-26. The margin might have been much greater, but once victory was secured, Wales made a raft of substitutions, and their side lost much of its cohesion in the last 20 minutes or so.

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The French victory over England by 21-15 came despite the fact that they played the last 20 minutes with just 14 men, after replacement Anthony Rochet was shown a red card. Although France led 16-10, when Rochet received his red card, the French looked to have blown their chances as a result, and their lead was reduced to a singe point, when Maro Itoje scored a try after 72 minutes, but the French showed amazing resolve, to not only hang on for victory, but to score another try of their own, through second row Jean-Baptiste Singer.

Posted: 18th February 2012

In the Under 20 Six Nations Competition France Under 20's takes on Italy Under 20s in Bourgoin-Jallieu on Saturday, the 18th of February. The match will begin at 16:00 local time and an hour earlier if you are scheduling by GMT. Right now France Under 20s is in fifth place in the table, without earning any points so far. They have played just one game so far this season and have lost it. Italy Under 20's is just as bad off with 0 points, but theirs comes from the fact that they have yet to play a game. The table is led by Ireland.

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Posted: 5th February 2016

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