RWC tournaments


Best result

Silver(1987, 1999, 2011)


Charles Ollivon


Fabien Galthié

Most tries

Vincent Clerc(11)

Most points

Frederic Michalak(136)

France are set to host their second Rugby World Cup, and hoping to go one better than they did then in 1999 when they lost in the final to Australia. The French side have always been a force to contend with at Rugby World Cup and even moreso in front of a home audience with some momentum at their back. They will be pleased with how well their young touring squad performed abroad in three tests in Australia. The traditional “French Flair” is aided by a strong set-piece and a well-balanced side.

Key Player: Charles Ollivon

The French Captain likes to lead from the front. He is a strong defender, constantly in the top tacklers list. He’s also a dynamic ball-runner who isn’t averse to crossing the try line.

X-factor: Antoine Dupont

Arguably the best halfback in the game at the moment, Dupont embodies the French flair and fighting spirit. From his quick, sniping runs, his effective kicks, and accurate passing game, he is responsible for getting the side moving forward and breaking the line.

Why they can win

Take your pick. They’ll be spurred on by a home crowd, have a side oozing with talent and determination, and will have the expectation of their country to finally win the trophy.

France's RWC 2023 Pool Matches

France's RWC 2023 Pool Matches


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