France

The France national rugby union team (French: Equipe de France de Rugby a XV) represents France in men's international rugby union and it is administered by the French Rugby Federation. They traditionally play in blue shirts emblazoned with the national emblem of a golden rooster on a red shield, with white shorts and red socks; thus they are commonly referred to as Les Tricolores or Les Bleus. The team's home matches are mostly played at the Stade de France in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis. Rugby was introduced to France in 1872 by the British, and on New Years Day 1906, the national side played its first test match – against New Zealand in Paris. France played sporadically against the Home Nations until they joined them to form the Five Nations Championship (now the Six Nations) in 1910. France also competed in the rugby competitions at early Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal in 1900 and two silver medals in the 1920s. The national team came of age during the 1950s and 1960s, winning their first Five Nations title outright in 1959. They won their first Grand Slam in 1968. Since then they have won the title outright 18 times, including ten grand slams, and shared it eight times.

France has competed in every Rugby World Cup since it began in 1987, and qualified for the knock-out stage each time. They have reached the final three times, losing to the All Blacks in 1987 and 2011, and to Australia in 1999. France hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where, as in 2003, they were beaten in the semi-finals by England, and will once again host the tournament in 2023.

History

Rugby was introduced to France in 1872 by English merchants and students. On 26 February 1890, a French rugby team recruited from the Janson Desailly Lyceum defeated an international team at the Bois de Boulogne.

France

France News

7 December 2022
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Harry Maguire issues defiant response as England 'Superman' hits back at critics
Harry Maguire issues defiant response as England 'Superman' hits back at critics
7 December 2022
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Sterling update on England World Cup plans after family home hit by burglary
Sterling update on England World Cup plans after family home hit by burglary
7 December 2022
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Rabiot reiterates Premier League desire as he talks future ahead of France vs England
Rabiot reiterates Premier League desire as he talks future ahead of France vs England
7 December 2022
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Adrien Rabiot makes transfer admission to leave Man Utd on red alert
Adrien Rabiot makes transfer admission to leave Man Utd on red alert
7 December 2022
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Shaw admits England haven't been their best but can 'reach another level' against France
Shaw admits England haven't been their best but can 'reach another level' against France
7 December 2022
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Konate reveals text message from Alexander-Arnold ahead of their World Cup clash
Konate reveals text message from Alexander-Arnold ahead of their World Cup clash
7 December 2022
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Adrien Rabiot rejects Kylian Mbappe theory ahead of France's showdown vs England
Adrien Rabiot rejects Kylian Mbappe theory ahead of France's showdown vs England
7 December 2022
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Mbappe to return to France training as reason for missing previous session explained
Mbappe to return to France training as reason for missing previous session explained
7 December 2022
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Walker won't 'roll out red carpet' for Mbappe in 'do or die' World Cup clash
Walker won't 'roll out red carpet' for Mbappe in 'do or die' World Cup clash
7 December 2022
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Wright accuses Souness of being "disrespectful" with World Cup analysis
Wright accuses Souness of being "disrespectful" with World Cup analysis
7 December 2022
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Mbappe's name change: The mystery behind PSG star dropping Lottin from his name
Mbappe's name change: The mystery behind PSG star dropping Lottin from his name
7 December 2022
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Why France have a rooster on their badge: Les Bleus wearing symbol at World Cup
Why France have a rooster on their badge: Les Bleus wearing symbol at World Cup
7 December 2022
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England vs France combined XI: Man United dominate defence as four French stars picked
England vs France combined XI: Man United dominate defence as four French stars picked
7 December 2022
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The origins and full lyrics in English to France's iconic national anthem
The origins and full lyrics in English to France's iconic national anthem
7 December 2022
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'Unbelievable' Walker 'doesn't need tips' ahead of Mbappe battle, says Cash
'Unbelievable' Walker 'doesn't need tips' ahead of Mbappe battle, says Cash
7 December 2022
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Trippier singled out for peculiar World Cup criticism before France tie
Trippier singled out for peculiar World Cup criticism before France tie
7 December 2022
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Didier Deschamps' impressive World Cup record as France set to face England
Didier Deschamps' impressive World Cup record as France set to face England
7 December 2022
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Kylian Mbappe transfer pledge made as he prepares for England World Cup showdown
Kylian Mbappe transfer pledge made as he prepares for England World Cup showdown
7 December 2022
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Lescott and Welbeck starred in last England game with France at major tournament
Lescott and Welbeck starred in last England game with France at major tournament
7 December 2022
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Matty Cash went to extreme lengths to keep Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe shirts safe
Matty Cash went to extreme lengths to keep Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe shirts safe
7 December 2022
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Bukayo Saka delights Arsenal fans when asked to pick favourite France player
Bukayo Saka delights Arsenal fans when asked to pick favourite France player
7 December 2022
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England handed Declan Rice concern ahead of France quarter-final
England handed Declan Rice concern ahead of France quarter-final
7 December 2022
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Declan Rice misses England training as Gareth Southgate given World Cup worry
Declan Rice misses England training as Gareth Southgate given World Cup worry
7 December 2022
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Erik ten Hag: 'World Cup players must be ready for return of club football'
Erik ten Hag: 'World Cup players must be ready for return of club football'
7 December 2022
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Rice misses England training due to illness as Three Lions sweat on West Ham star
Rice misses England training due to illness as Three Lions sweat on West Ham star
7 December 2022
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Man City and Man United blow rivals out the water with World Cup presence
Man City and Man United blow rivals out the water with World Cup presence
7 December 2022
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France warned "unplayable" Marcus Rashford is on par with Kylian Mbappe
France warned "unplayable" Marcus Rashford is on par with Kylian Mbappe
7 December 2022
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England can set up World Cup semi-final showdown with Ronaldo but not Messi
England can set up World Cup semi-final showdown with Ronaldo but not Messi
7 December 2022
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France chief forced to deny Deschamps rumours before England World Cup clash
France chief forced to deny Deschamps rumours before England World Cup clash
7 December 2022
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Police make two arrests for attempted burglary near Raheem Sterling's home
Police make two arrests for attempted burglary near Raheem Sterling's home
7 December 2022
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Hazard retires from international football after disappointing World Cup exit
Hazard retires from international football after disappointing World Cup exit
7 December 2022
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Round of 16 reaction, latest on Ronaldo snub, Mbappe misses training
Round of 16 reaction, latest on Ronaldo snub, Mbappe misses training
7 December 2022
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World Cup twist leaves Luis Enrique and fans both staring into the abyss
World Cup twist leaves Luis Enrique and fans both staring into the abyss
7 December 2022
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England kits contain hidden details, nods to the past and reflect youthful energy
England kits contain hidden details, nods to the past and reflect youthful energy
7 December 2022
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David Beckham passes on Sir Alex Ferguson advice to Trent Alexander-Arnold
David Beckham passes on Sir Alex Ferguson advice to Trent Alexander-Arnold
7 December 2022
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World Cup 2022 LIVE- Ronaldo dropped in Portugal win, England vs France updates
World Cup 2022 LIVE- Ronaldo dropped in Portugal win, England vs France updates