France’s Rugby World Cup campaign starts Saturday 19th September – keep up to date with all the latest news and fixtures, and check our Rugby World Cup 2015 page for more information.

France’s Rugby World Cup Record: P43 W30 D1 L12

1987 Runners-up
1991 Quarter-finals
1995 Third
1999 Runners-up
2003 Fourth
2007 Fourth
2011 Runners-up

How they qualified: Automatically as one of the top 12 sides at RWC 2011.

Vital statistic: 38 – The record number of tackles French captain Thierry Dusautoir made during the World Cup quarter-final game against the All Blacks.

Did you know? French fly-half Thierry Lacroix was the top points scorer in the 1999 Rugby World Cup with 112 points, ahead of Gavin Hastings and Andrew Mehrtens

If they were a celebrity… Inspector Clouseau…Prone to unintentional hilarity and capable of unwittingly achieving their aims through unconventional methods

Odds: 20-1

He's there! Damien Chouly scores France's second try. (Photo: Getty Images)

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