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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.


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.


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1 December 2023
Preview: Toulouse vs. Lorient - prediction, team news, lineups
Toulouse and Lorient meet in a potential early-season relegation six-pointer at the Stadium Municipal in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
1 December 2023
Bayern Munich 'not planning to move for Raphael Varane'
Bayern Munich are reportedly not planning to move for Raphael Varane next year despite the recent speculation surrounding the Manchester United centre-back.
1 December 2023
Preview: Le Havre vs. Paris Saint-Germain - prediction, team news, lineups
Potentially still feeling the effects of a gruelling Champions League contest with Newcastle United, Paris Saint-Germain resume their Ligue 1 title charge away to Le Havre on Sunday.
1 December 2023
Euro 2024 draw: A closer look at every team involved and which pot they are in
While club football managers are gearing up for the busiest and most relentless time of the season, national team managers can put their feet up and allow their minds to drift to next summer in Germany.
1 December 2023
How Chelsea could line up against Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be forced into a double defensive alteration for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Brighton & Hove Albion at Stamford Bridge.
1 December 2023
England's Group of Death has been revealed - and there's a chance for revenge
England are anxiously awaiting their fate for the Euro 2024 group stage draw.
30 November 2023
Ex-Arsenal star Aubameyang rivals Garnacho with stunning overhead kick
Football fans were treated to yet another stunning overhead kick as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the target in acrobatic fashion.
30 November 2023
It's the Euro 2024 draw and here's how to follow England and Scotland's groups
The Euro 2024 group stage draw will be conducted this weekend and England will head to the tournament as one of the top seeds as they bid to go one step further than three years ago.
30 November 2023
Preview: AC Milan vs. Frosinone - prediction, team news, lineups
AC Milan's malaise deepened in midweek, when they were beaten in Europe, and having also fallen off the pace in Serie A's Scudetto race they now seek maximum points against Frosinone on Saturday.
30 November 2023
Only two nations in world football are better than England in new FIFA rankings
England have risen up to third in the latest FIFA world rankings - their joint highest-ever position.
30 November 2023
Liverpool, Arsenal 'exploring summer swoop for Kylian Mbappe'
Liverpool and Arsenal are reportedly prepared to enter the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
29 November 2023
Liverpool have genuine chance to sign PSG superstar Mbappe on one condition
Liverpool are genuine contenders to sign Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe next summer.
28 November 2023
Tottenham 'join Manchester United, Liverpool in Jean-Clair Todibo race'
Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly joined Manchester United and Liverpool in the race to sign Nice defender Jean-Claire Todibo.
28 November 2023
Preview: Liverpool vs. LASK Linz - prediction, team news, lineups
Liverpool can ensure progression to the Europa League knockout round playoffs - at the very least - when LASK Linz head to Anfield for Thursday's Group E contest.
28 November 2023
Arsenal vs Lens: Gunners out to secure place in Champions League knockout stages
Arsenal can secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win against Lens on Wednesday evening.
27 November 2023
PSG vs Newcastle LIVE: Magpies need to repeat heroics to keep hopes alive
Newcastle travel to France on Tuesday evening to take on Paris Saint-Germain in a crucial Champions League clash, live on talkSPORT.
27 November 2023
Raphael Varane 'not considering Manchester United exit for Saudi Arabia'
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane reportedly has little interest in a transfer to the Saudi Pro League.
27 November 2023
Manchester United considering Thomas Muller swoop?
Manchester United are reportedly open to the possibility of signing Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller during the January transfer window.
26 November 2023
Preview: AC Milan vs. Borussia Dortmund - prediction, team news, lineups
Locked in a tussle to progress from the Champions League's 'Group of Death', AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund meet at San Siro on Tuesday, when both sides will aim to build on wins last time out in Europe.
26 November 2023
Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City 'battling for AC Milan's Francesco Camarda'
All of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are pursuing a move for history-making AC Milan striker Francesco Camarda, according to a report.
26 November 2023
AC Milan's Francesco Camarda becomes youngest-ever Serie A player
Fifteen-year-old AC Milan Francesco Camarda made history as Serie A's youngest-ever player when he came off the bench in the Rossoneri's 1-0 win over Fiorentina on Saturday night.
25 November 2023
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann rules out Manchester United move
Antoine Griezmann has said that he wants to become "a legend" at Atletico Madrid, with the forward ruling out a move to Manchester United next year.
24 November 2023
Erik ten Hag addresses rumours of rift with Raphael Varane
Manchester United head coach Erik ten Hag has firmly denied suggestions that his relationship with experienced centre-back Raphael Varane has broken down.
24 November 2023
Raphael Varane's relationship with Erik ten Hag breaks down?
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane and head coach Erik ten Hag have seen their relationship completely break down, according to a report.
24 November 2023
Preview: Nice vs. Toulouse - prediction, team news, lineups
Ligue 1 defensive specialists Nice endeavour to maintain a position on the podium when Toulouse head to the Allianz Riviera on Sunday lunchtime.
23 November 2023
Golden boots Beckham wore on 100th England game could go for five-figure sum
David Beckham's golden football boots he wore when earning his 100th England cap could be sold for up to £10,000.
23 November 2023
How Chelsea could line up against Newcastle United
Chelsea will assess defensive duo Levi Colwill and Malo Gusto ahead of Saturday's Premier League encounter with Newcastle United at St James' Park.
22 November 2023
Liverpool's Kostas Tsimikas quells injury fears ahead of Manchester City clash
Liverpool defender Kostas Tsimikas has confirmed that his absence from Greece's recent Euro 2024 qualifying clash with France was not injury-related.
22 November 2023
Stephen Kenny departs as Republic of Ireland boss
The FAI has confirmed that they have parted company with Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny.
22 November 2023
Real Madrid 'considering signing Nice's Khephren Thuram'
Real Madrid are reportedly interested in bringing Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram to Bernabeu.
22 November 2023
Raphael Varane 'will leave Manchester United next summer'
Experienced centre-back Raphael Varane will reportedly leave Manchester United during next summer's transfer window.
22 November 2023
Antoine Griezmann 'not interested in Manchester United move'
Antoine Griezmann is reportedly not interested in leaving Atletico Madrid amid suggestions that Manchester United want to sign him next year.
21 November 2023
'Bellingham a mix between three players but he didn't deserve Golden Boy award'
Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham did not deserve to win the 2023 Golden Boy award, according to Barcelona legend Hristo Stoichkov.
21 November 2023
Tuesday's Euro 2024 qualifying predictions including Greece vs. France
Greece vs. France (Tuesday, 7.45pm) On the back of recording their biggest-ever win in history, France close out an impeccable Euro 2024 qualifying campaign when they travel to Athens to take on Greece on Tuesday night. Les Bleus maintained their 100% record in Group B with a sensational 14-0 obliteration of Gibraltar on Saturday, while the Pirate Ship also emerged victorious from their most recent contest, overcoming New Zealand 2-0 in a friendly.
20 November 2023
Euro 2024 qualifying permutations: Who can secure their place on Tuesday?
The Euro 2024 qualification campaign comes to a close on Tuesday, with one automatic place at next summer's tournament still up for grabs.
20 November 2023
Paris Saint-Germain wonderkid Warren Zaire-Emery ruled out until 2024
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that 17-year-old midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery will be sidelined until 2024 due to an ankle injury.