France national rugby union team

The France national rugby union team (French: Équipe de France de Rugby à 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. France is currently ranked 2nd in the World Rugby Rankings.

France
Nickname(s)Le XV de France (The XV of France), Les Bleus (The Blues)
EmblemGallic rooster
UnionFédération Française de Rugby
Head coachFabien Galthié
CaptainAntoine Dupont
Most capsFabien Pelous (118)
Top scorerFrédéric Michalak (436)
Top try scorerSerge Blanco (38)
Home stadiumStade de France
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current2 (as of 21 March 2022)
Highest2 (2006, 2007, 2022)
Lowest10 (2018)
First international
 France 8–38  New Zealand
(Paris, France; 1 January 1906)
Biggest win
 France 87–10 Namibia 
(Paris, France; 16 September 2007)
Biggest defeat
 New Zealand 61–10 France 
(Wellington, New Zealand; 9 June 2007)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1987)
Best result Runners-up (1987, 1999, 2011)
Websiteffr.fr/xv-de-france

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.


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