France beat Italy 34-17 in Six Nations

Wenceslas Lauret of France in action during the Six Nations Round 3 rugby match between France and Italy at Stade Velodrome in Marseille, southern France, 23 February 2018. Photo: backpagepix

MARSEILLE, France - Mathieu Bastareaud celebrated his return to the France side following a three-week ban for a homophobic slur with a try in Friday's 34-17 Six Nations victory over Italy.

Missing the suspended tournament top try-scorer Teddy Thomas, France laboured for long periods before Italy typically crumbled late on.

Maxime Machenaud kicked 17 points for the French, but they missed out on an attacking bonus point having scored just three tries.


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