4 Feb 2013

France head back to the drawing board after loss to Italy

6:54 pm on 4 February 2013

The France rugby coach Philippe Saint-Andre says it's back to the drawing board ahead of their next Six Nations match against Wales after their surprise 23-18 loss to Italy in Rome.

Saint-Andre says Italy who're ranked tenth in the world are improving all the time and deserved to win.

After a promising November Test series produced three wins over Australia, Argentina and Samoa, France were regarded as tournament co-favourites along with England.

Italy are the perennial wooden spooners but prop Martin Castrogiovanni believes they're capable of beating any team.

Italy's next game is against Scotland.