The French national side annually competes in the Six Nations – a competition which they have won 17 times in 88 attempts, which includes 9 Grand Slams. The most recent French Championship victory came in 2010
Along with the Six Nations itself, France also competes for the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy when they face Italy, a trophy created for the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Italian hero who helped unify Italy, and volunteered in the French Republican Army.
France has taken part in every Rugby World Cup tournament since it’s inception in 1987, reaching the final on three occasions but have yet to win the Webb Ellis Cup itself.
In the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, France lined up against England, Argentina, USA and Tonga in Pool C. France progressed from the group in second place and faced Wales in the quarter-finals. In a close game, France lost 20-10.
France will host the Rugby World Cup in 2023. As hosts, they have gained automatic qualification to the 20 team tournament. It will be the second time France has hosted the tournament having previously done so in 2007.
France's 2020 Guinness Six Nations Fixtures
In 2020, France will be looking to bring some consistency to the much-clichéd team. France will kick-off the Six Nations with a new coaching team in place. Fabien Galthie heads up the team with ex-Wales assistant coach Sean Edwards takes the helm of the defence. Former captain Raphael Ibanez takes on the managers role. With the global Covid-19 pandemic wiping out round five France have been scheduled to play Ireland on the 31st October!
Round 1: Saturday 2nd February - France v England; K.O 15.00, Stade de France, Paris. TV: ITV SPORT
Round 2: Saturday 9th February -France v Italy; K.O 15.00, Stade de France, Paris. TV: ITV SPORT + S4C
Round 3: Sunday 22nd February - Wales v France; K.O 16.45, Principality Stadium, Cardiff. TV: ITV SPORT
Round 4: Saturday 8th March - Scotland v France; K.O 14.15, Aviva Stadium, Dublin. TV: ITV SPORT
Round 5: Saturday 31st October - France v Ireland; K.O 20.10, Stade de France, Paris. TV: BBC SPORT
France's 2020 Summer Tests
In the summer of 2020, France had a busy 4 match schedule lined up, however Covid-19 struck and all games were cancelled.
Saturday 4th July: Argentina v France
Saturday 4th July: Canada v France Barbarians
Saturday 11th July: Argentina v France
Saturday 11th July: United States v France Barbarians
Saturday 18th July: Japan v France
France's 2020 Autumn Tests - Autumn Nations Cup
To round off 2020 France had several tests lined up, again all cancelled due to the pandemic. However, a new tournament has been brought to the table which will see all the Six Nations teams competing in an eight-team tournament alongside Georgia and Fiji. All Frances Autumn Nations Cup matches will be live on Amazon Prime.
Round 1 - 15th November: France v Fiji
Round 2 - 22nd November: Scotland v France (Murrayfield) - 15:00
Round 3 - 28th November: France v Italy (Stade de France) - 20:00
The finals weekend will be played on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of December. France has been drawn away so we will have to wait to see what destination they are heading for.
The French side traditionally plays in blue shirts, white shorts, and red socks - the colours of the national flag.
After six years with Adidas, Le Coq Sportif have again taken on the France rugby kit contract, signing a deal right through until 2024. The French brand originally produced shirts for the national side from 1977 - 1986.
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