Rugby World Cup 2019: France crush Italy in warm-up fixture

France have put their Rugby World Cup preparations back on track, scoring seven tries to overpower Italy in a flamboyant 47-19 win at the Stade de France.

The home side, in their final warm-up match before next month's tournament in Japan, simply had too much power and pace for the stubborn, but outclassed Italians on Saturday (NZT).

France's previous two games were back-to-back encounters with Scotland - a home win, followed by an away defeat.

Italy, who complete their World Cup preparations against England in Newcastle next Friday, never gave up, but they have now lost nine of their last 10 internationals, their sole win coming against World Cup minnows Russia.


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