France edge past Italy in Six Nations opener
France launched their 2016 European Six Nations challenge with a narrow victory over Italy at the Stade de France. It finished 23-21 to the hosts who were playing their first competitive match under new head coach Guy Novès
Debutant Virimi Vakatawa scored a try as well Damien Chouly but a Carlo Canna drop-goal and Sergio Parisse's try kept Italy in touch.
Canna finished off a burst by Parisse to put the visitors in the lead.
France retook the initiative with Hugo Bonneval's try. But they still needed a late penalty from Jules Plisson to secure the win.
Former Toulon boss Noves, 62, has promised to build a more entertaining French side from the one that was annihilated 62-13 by New Zealand in the quarter-finals of last year's World Cup and finished fourth in the 2015 Six Nations.
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