Martin Castrogiovanni's 12th test match try in 92 games was the winning score as Italy overcame France in Rome's Stadio Olmpico. The Crumbie Terrace favourite played the first hour in the historic 23-18 win, only Italy's 2nd over France in the Six Nations.
Geoff Parling scored one of England's 4 tries in their win over Scotland at Twickenham, set up by a searing break by clubmate Ben Youngs. Moments earlier England had had a try ruled out for foul play Tom Youngs, apparently for a dangerous clear out of the ruck but no conclusive footage has become available as yet. Dan Cole anchored a dominant scrum whilst Toby Flood replaced former Tiger Billy Twelvetrees with 10 minutes of the match remaining.
On Friday night up in Newcastle 5 Tigers were part of the England Saxons side that were beaten 13-9 by Scotland 'A'. George Ford slotted England's three penalties with Jordan Crane leading the side from number 8 and Graham Kitchener played the whole game at lock. Ed Slater and Kieran Brookes were late replacements but couldn't find a score as the Saxons battered the Scots line in the closing stages. Former Tigers Grieg Tonks and Tom Ryder were both in the Scotland 'A' side.
Also on Friday night young Academy prop Tiziano Pasquali started for Italy Under 20s as they took on France Under 20s at home. Pasquali played for the first hour of the match that the Italians lost 6-13.