Italy 16-40 France: Gael Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa, Louis Picamoles and Brice Dulin tries help thrash Italians

Italy eschewed the tactic of standing off at rucks that perplexed England but were nevertheless beaten 40-18 by France at the Stadio Olimpico and will collect the RBS 6 Nations wooden spoon for a second straight season.

Coach Conor O’Shea’s side stunned England a fortnight ago, for long periods looking like causing a shock at Twickenham before succumbing to their hosts.

The Azzurri reverted to traditional tactics yet suffered a 10th consecutive Six Nations home loss while Les Bleus won away in the competition for the first time in two years, going back to their

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