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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 February 2007, 11:52 GMT
Italy 3-39 France
Rome - 3 February, 2007
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The build-up to the opening game of the 2007 RBS Six Nations tournament between Italy and France

Italy 3-39 France: Spectators at the Flaminio Stadium in Rome enjoy a theatrical opening to the 2007 Six Nations

France win ball in the lineout

France start briskly and go ahead with a David Skrela penalty, after Italy squander their own early attempt for three points

France scrum-half Pierre Mignoni is tackled

Diminutive scrum-half Pierre Mignoni runs into trouble but keeps Italy on the defensive with some sniping runs

France's replacement fly-half David Skrela carries the ball

Skrela makes the most of his call-up with a solid display, and adds a conversion to Cristophe Dominici's opening try

Sergio Parisse tests the French defence

Sergio Parisse tests the French defence, while a penalty from Ramiro Pez finally gives the home fans something to celebrate

Sebastien Chabal score a try for France

But a try from Cedric Heymans and scores from Sebastien Chabal each side of the break stretch France's lead to 3-29

France team-mates David Skrela and Jerome Thion celebrate their win

France celebrate as a fifth try from Yannick Jauzion and a final penalty wrap up a fine start to their campaign

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