Mourad Boudjellal

Mourad Boudjellal spent his summer vacation in Florida and it seems he was doing more than just lying on a sun lounger. “Boudjellal and the American Dream” was the headline…

l'arrière français Serge Blanco plonge dans l'en-but pour marquer l'essai de la victoire, malgré le plaquage du talonneur australien Thomas Lawton, le 13 juin 1987 à Sydney, lors des prolongations de la demi-finale de la Coupe du monde de rugby remportée par la France, 30-24, contre l'Australie. AFP/GEORGES GOBET

French fullback Serge Blanco dives in to score the winning try as Australian hooker Thomas Lawton tackles him in vain, 13 June 1987 in Sydney, during the overtime period of the Rugby World Cup semifinal match won by France 30-24 against Australia. AFP/GEORGES GOBET / AFP / GEORGES GOBET        (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The Eighties were the halcyon of French rugby, where players wearing le coq would play with careless abandon, verve and a certain je ne sais quoi. Fitting the bill perfectly was Serge Blanco. Born in…

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Every success the women’s game in France has had over the past three decades has Nathalie Amiel’s handprint marked firmly all over it. Her remarkable 16-year career as a French…

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 06:  Yannick Jauzion of France dives over the line to score a try despite the efforts of Mils Muliaina and Rodney So'oialo of New Zealand during the Quarter Final of the Rugby World Cup 2007 match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium on October 6, 2007 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The professional era has seen midfields crowded with mighty collisions between hulking figures on a quest to cross the all-important gain-line. Standing just shy of 6ft 4in and weighing around…

8 OCT 1991:  PHILLIPE SELLA OF FRANCE GOES IN FOR A TRY DURING THE FRANCE V FIJI WORLD CUP MATCH PLAYED IN GRENOBLE. FRANCE WON THE MATCH 33-8.

For becoming the first player to win 100 Test caps, Philippe Sella is guaranteed a place in rugby’s hall of fame. The gallery of leading French threequarters is adorned by…

France's hooker Raphael Ibanez practices

Once the world’s most-capped hooker, Raphaël Ibanez lifted trophies at domestic, European and international level and was a popular and highly respected player and leader. He took over the France…

“Cometh the hour, cometh the man,” said French critics when Walter Spanghero made his debut against South Africa in 1964. France were yearning for a heavy, fast second-rower to strengthen…

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Obstinate. It’s the only way to describe tighthead Jean-Pierre Garuet’s approach to the scrummage. France is a nation that adores the flat-backed, hairy brutes who relish tight exchanges and in…

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French rugby suffered an inferiority complex as international rugby’s ‘also-rans’ for nearly 50 years before Jean Prat became their skipper in 1953. The olive-skinned, Lourdes-born flanker was the leader they…