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2010-10-25 19:49

Captain: Thierry Dusautoir

Coach: Marc Lièvremont

RWC Appearances: 6 (First in 1987)

Best result: Runners up in 1987 and 1999

France are widely considered to be one of the most inconsistent and unpredictable teams in Test rugby and are capable of both brilliant and ordinary performances.

The team is well stocked with Gallic flair and are capable of beating any opponent when players like David Skrela, Vincent Clerc and Dimitri Yachvili are on form.

Although the French have never won rugby's ultimate prize, they have achieved several memorable results, appeared in two finals and reached the knockout stage of every single World Cup.

France made their first appearance in a Rugby World Cup final at the inaugural tournament in 1987, but were defeated 29 - 9 by host team New Zealand.

At the next installment of the World Cup in 1991, France failed to build on their appearance in the final and were eliminated when they lost to England in the quarter-finals.

France stayed unbeaten in the group stages of the 1995 World Cup and triumphed over Ireland in the quarter-final stage, but lost to eventual champions South Africa in the semi-finals. However, they were able to avenge their quarter-final defeat at the previous tournament by beating England in the third place play-off.

Four years later France became finalists again after beating Argentina in the quarter-finals and New Zealand in the semi-finals, but lost the championship game to Australia.

The 2003 World Cup saw France come close to glory yet again. They were defeated by eventual finalists England in the semi-finals and lost the third place play-off match to New Zealand.

France hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup and lived up to their reputation for unpredictability and inconsistency throughout the tournament. The team lost their opening game to Argentina before recovering to win their last three group stage games against Namibia, Ireland and Georgia.

They then recorded a stunning 20 - 18 victory over the All Blacks in the quarter-finals, but lost their semi-final match against eventual runners-up England.

Marc Lièvremont will hope that his team can add consistency to their traditional strengths.


Forwards: Fabien Barcella, Julien Bonnaire, Luc Ducalcon, Thierry Dusautoir, Imanol Harinordoquy, Guilhem Guirado, Nicolas Mas, Romain Millo-Chluski, Raphael Lakafia, Lionel Nallet, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Pascal Pape, Louis Picamoles, Julien Pierre, Jean-Baptiste Poux, William Servat, Dimitri Szarzewski.

Backs: Vincent Clerc, Patrice Estebanez, Cédric Heymans, David Marty, Maxime Médard, Maxime Mermoz, Alexis Palisson, Morgan Parra, Aurélien Rougerie, David Skrela, Damien Traille, Francois Trinh-Duc, Dimitri Yachvili.

Key Player

David Skrela
Height: 1.91
Weight: 91kgs

The wiry flyhalf has great tactical kicking skills, and will be a key factor in the French strategy in 2011 as he looks to exploit space behind opposition defence.


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