However, there were few signs of rusting at Murrayfield against a fit Scottish side with France facilitating an entertaining 28-17 victory.
They will be looking to secure a fifth consecutive victory against an Italian side in hopes of securing a victory in Paris for the second time in their history.
Ahead of kick-off, both teams will also pay tribute to former France international Christophe Dominici, who sadly passed away earlier this week.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Showdown, which will see Nigel Owens take charge of his 100th Test Match.
What time is the France-Italy kick-off?
The match at Stade de France starts at 20h10 GMT on Saturday November 28.
What television channel is France vs. Italy on?
The match will be broadcast on Amazon Prime Video. You can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime here.
Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m.
What about the live broadcast?
The Amazon Prime video app allows viewers to stream the game to a variety of devices.
Learn more about streaming through Amazon Prime here.
What is the news of the team?
Fabien Galthie decided to mix things up for this clash, making his debut with five players in his starting XV.
A number of players are unavailable due to a deal with the TOP14, with Galthie subsequently making a total of 13 changes from the winning squad at Murrayfield.
Half-fly Matthieu Jalibert and winger Teddy Thomas are the only players to keep their place.
Meanwhile, Franco Smith has made four changes to his Italian squad. Luca Sperandio replaces Mattia Bellini on the wing, while a modified rear line will also be on display in Paris.
France: Brice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villière; Matthieu Jalibert, Baptiste Serin (captain); Rodrigue Neti, Peato Mauvaka, Dorian Aldegheri, Kilian Geraci, Baptiste Pesenti, Cameron Woki, Sekou Macalou, Anthony Jelonch.
Substitutes: Teddy Baubigny, Hassane Kolingar, Uini Atonio, Cyril Cazeaux, Swan Rebbadj, Baptiste Couilloud, Louis Carbonel, Yoram Moefana.
Italy: Matteo Minozzi; Jacopo Trulla, Marco Zanon, Carlo Canna, Luca Sperandio; Paolo Garbisi, Marcello Violi; Danilo Fischetti, Luca Bigi, Giosue Zilocchi, Marco Lazzaroni, Niccolo Cannone, Maxime Mbanda, Johan Meyer, Braam Steyn.
Substitutes: Leonardo Ghiraldini, Simone Ferrari, Pietro Ceccarelli, Cristian Stoian, Michele Lamaro, Stephen Varney, Tommaso Allan, Federico Mori.
Who is the referee?
Welsh referee Nigel Owens will take charge of his 100th test match in Paris.
What did the coaches say?
France boss Fabien Galthie: “The team has limited experience, but that’s the deal. We knew it and we will manage. At the level we are playing at, everyone needs to be ready anytime or anywhere. ”
The boss of Italy Franco Smith: “We had extra days to better prepare for this meeting. Last week’s forced stop further increased our desire to take the field on Saturday against France. It will be an intense match where we have the opportunity to see interesting young people at work as we continue our journey to broaden the base at our disposal and build our DNA.