Rated alongside Graham Price as “undoubtedly the greatest tighthead prop of the modern era” by another legend of the front row, Fran Cotton, Robert Paparemborde anchored a French pack which…

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…

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…

Yannick Jauzion scores against New Zealand in the 2007 World Cup

Major teams: Colomiers, Toulouse
 

Country: France
 
Test span: 2003-11
 France caps: 73 (65 starts) 

Test points: 103 (20T, 1DG) The professional era has seen midfields crowded with mighty collisions between…

Raphael Ibanez on the charge

Major teams: Dax, Perpignan, Castres, Saracens, Wasps Country: France 
Test span: 1996-2007 France caps: 98 (75 starts) Test points: 40 (8T) He took over the France captaincy at the start…

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…