As always with France, their World Cup chances depend on what version of Les Bleus will show up.

France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

Logically, they have too few proven Test players right now to cause a stir at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. But since when has logic applied to the French?

How They Qualified

France were one of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.

Key Players

Hooker Guilhem Guirado has a prodigious work-rate and Gael Fickou is rediscovering his best form.

Captain fantastic: Guirado will probably lead the French in Japan (Getty Images)

The Coach – Jacques Brunel

An assistant coach during France’s RWC fourth-place finishes in 2003 and 2007, Brunel spent five years in charge of Italy. He answered an SOS in January 2018 after Guy Novès’s sickly 33% win rate saw him sacked.

SOS: Brunel became coach in January 2018 (Getty Images)

Major Work-ons

Indiscipline has been their undoing on and off the pitch, with half the side dropped last February after a rowdy night out in Edinburgh. Brunel also needs to settle on a first XV – including a reliable ten – after introducing a host of talented youngsters. Will Camille Lopez be left to own the fly-half jersey?

France Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

  • Saturday 17 August: France v Scotland, Allianz Riviera Stadium, Nice, 8pm, Live on Premier Sports
  • Saturday 24 August: Scotland v France, BT Murrayfield, 1.10pm, Live on Premier Sports
  • Friday 30 August: France v Italy, Stade de France, 9pm

(France may also be playing a warm-up match against Italy but this is yet to be confirmed. We will update this page when that occurs).

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-ups

France Rugby World Cup Group

France are in Group C alongside England, Argentina, USA, and Tonga.

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Groups

France Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Sat 21 Sep France v Argentina (Tokyo)
  • Wed 2 Oct France v USA (Fukuoka)
  • Sun 6 Oct France v Tonga (Kumamoto)
  • Sat 12 Oct England v France (Yokohama)

Blue and white: France play England in their final group game (Getty Images)

France Rugby World Cup Squad

Jacques Brunel has named his squad for the tournament as you can see below;

Gregory Aldritt
Demba Bamba
Yacouba Camara
Camille Chat
Geoffrey Doumayrou
Antoine Dupont
Gael Fickou
Wesley Fofana
Paul Gabrillagues
Guilhem Guirado
Sofiane Guitoune
Yoann Huget
Arthur Iturria
Felix Lambey
Wenceslas Lauret
Bernard Le Roux
Camille Lopez
Maxime Machenaud
Peato Mauvaka
Maxime Medard
Romain Ntamack
Damian Penaud
Louis Picamoles
Jefferson Poirot
Dany Priso
Alivereti Raka
Thomas Ramos
Baptiste Serin
Emerick Setiano
Rabah Slimani
Sebastien Vahaamahina


Anthony Belleau
Francois Cros
Etienne Falgoux
Charles Ollivon
Vincent Rattez
Paul Willemse

Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Fixtures

Previous World Cup Results and Record

France’s Rugby World Cup Record: P48 W33 D1 L14

  • 1987 Runners-up
  • 1991 Quarter-finals
  • 1995 Third
  • 1999 Runners-up
  • 2003 Fourth
  • 2007 Fourth
  • 2011 Runners-up
  • 2015 Quarter-finals

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