French play hasn’t exactly been dazzling thus far, but at least the venue for France v Italy this year promises to light up the Six Nations: for the first time ever, France are playing a match outside of Paris.
The Stade Vélodrome in Marseille is hosting, right in the cauldron of rugby union’s southern heartlands and club sides such as Toulon and Montpellier just a stone’s throw away.
It could be a canny move, and should at least spice up what on paper doesn’t exactly scream Friday-night spectacular.
What time is France v Italy on TV?
Coverage starts live on BBC1 from 7.30pm. Kick-off is at 8pm. The match means BBC Friday night drama Requiem has had to be moved – find out when that episode will be on TV here.
How else can I follow the Six Nations match?
Watch online via the BBC Sport website – the match won’t be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live.