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Brunel draws strength from Rome win

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has urged the Azzurri to use last year's victory over France as inspiration for their showdown in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations.

In one of the great upsets in the championship's history, Italy prevailed 23-18 at the Stadio Olimpico, but they have never beaten France in Paris.

"I expect our young players to play at a higher level than they have done before," Brunel said ahead of Sunday's match.

"We gave an interesting performance against Wales last weekend and there's no reason why we cannot take another step forward against France.

"I'm hoping we can look to last year's win in Rome for inspiration and that we can play to our full potential. If we play as I know we can, we have every chance of beating France.

"We hope that we can remain in the game as long as possible but we will need to play a perfect game."

France have selected Hugo Bonneval over Maxime Medard on the wing following their nail-biting 26-24 victory over England.

"It's a logical choice following his performances with Stade Francais and from what he has shown us for three weeks in training," head coach Philippe Saint-Andre said.

"He has the pace, the capacity to win one-on-one encounters and we wanted to see him with us.

"We need to be able to choose from three high-quality wingers. During the November Tests, Maxime played two games, as did Yoann Huget and Sofiane Guitoune.

"Once you have five forwards and three backs on the bench, (Sebastien) Vahaamahina gets the nod ahead of (Alexandre) Flanquart because he is more powerful and versatile. It's also a question of collective balance."

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