The Latest: France leads Italy 10-6 at halftime

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the Six Nations' final round (all times local):

1:25 p.m.

France led Italy 10-6 at halftime but nobody would have complained if Italy was in front.

Tommaso Allan kicked two penalties for Italy then France scored the only try when fullback Maxime Medard counterattacked and found the home side's kick-chase wanting on the edge. Damian Penaud set scrumhalf Antoine Dupont free to the posts.

Romain Ntamack added the conversion and penalty.

But Italy dominated the last quarter, and new center Marco Zanon missed a try when Allan's grubber kick hit the right post, and twice the Italy forwards were held up over the line. Italy finished attacking in the left corner with pick-and-gos, but a knock on relieved the French.


12:30 p.m.

Italy and France have kicked off at the Stadio Olimpico.

Center Wesley Fofana, who hadn't appeared for France since the opening loss to Wales because of injuries, was a late withdrawal because of a thigh complaint, and Geoffrey Doumayrou returned to partner Mathieu Bastareaud.

Marco Zanon was making his debut for Italy in place of injured center Michele Campagnaro.

Italy is guaranteed of finishing last for a fourth straight year, but it believes it can beat France to end a 21-match losing streak in the Six Nations dating to 2015.

France has failed to live up to its potential again, after beaing only Scotland in the championship.


11:30 a.m.

Three teams are still in contention for the Six Nations rugby title in the last round on Saturday.

Wales, England and Ireland all hold hope of taking the trophy.

Unbeaten Wales has 16 points, England 15, and defending champion Ireland 14.

Italy, which hasn't won a Six Nations match since 2015, hosts France in Rome in the first match, then Wales takes on Ireland in the decider in Cardiff, and England hopes to still be in contention when it tries to regain the Calcutta Cup from Scotland in London.

Here's how the title can be won:

Wales will win the Six Nations and achieve a first Grand Slam since 2012 if it beats Ireland.

Wales will win the Six Nations if it draws with Ireland and England loses to Scotland.

England will be champion if Wales draws and it beats Scotland.

England will be champion if Ireland beats Wales and it beats Scotland.

Ireland will be champion if it beats Wales and England loses to Scotland.


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