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# Les Bleus

Last month
January 2023
# Les Bleus
Lock Willemse returns to France squad for Six Nations
Les Bleus head coach Fabien Galthie has named eight uncapped players in his squad.
Last year
2022
# Les Bleus
Deschamps rules out shock return for Benzema as France battle mystery virus
The Real Madrid striker pulled out injured just before the start of the World Cup.
# Les Bleus
'Too early' to call France as Rugby World Cup favourites after 12th straight victory
Les Bleus, the World Cup hosts, edged the Springboks 30-26 last night.
# Les Bleus
McWilliams' Ireland won't dwell on Wales defeat as focus switches to France's 'power and pace'
‘We’re going to be better and hopefully we can keep improving,’ the head coach said.
# Les Bleus
France close in on Grand Slam after battling to victory over Wales in Cardiff
Victory over England in Paris next week will see France crowned kings of Europe.
# Les Bleus
Dupont, Villière start for France, Navidi returns to Wales back row
France’s Grand Slam hopes are on the line in Cardiff on Friday night.
# Trés Bien
France march on in Grand Slam bid with bonus-point win against Scotland
Fabien Galthié’s men were too strong for the Scots at Murrayfield.
# Les Bleus
Farrell's Ireland go down fighting as France's Grand Slam bid stays on track
A late decision not to kick into the corner was curious but Ireland showed grit at Stade de France.
# Les Bleus
France make two changes for Ireland with Moefana and Cros asked to step up
France opened their campaign with a 37-10 win over Italy last Sunday at the Stade de France.
# Les Bleus
France warm up for visit of Ireland with bonus-point win over Italy
Left wing Gabin Villière scored a hat-trick for Fabien Gatlhié’s side.
# XV
France coach Galthié positive for Covid-19 before Six Nations opener as team named
Les Bleus face Italy in Paris on Sunday.
# Les Bleus
France duo Dupont and Ntamack 'doing well' after positive Covid tests
Les Bleus’ preparation for the Six Nations has been severely disrupted by several withdrawals from the 42-man squad.
# Les Bleus
Antoine Dupont named in 42-man France squad for Six Nations campaign
The scrum-half has missed the last month because of a knee problem.
All time
# Deal
Suspended sentence sought for France's Benzema in sex tape case
Mathieu Valbuena said the affair had left him feeling “frightened” and fearful for his career.
# Les Bleus
Real Madrid star Benzema on trial in sextape case
The France forward is suspected of helping a group of alleged blackmailers approach Mathieu Valbuena in an attempt to extort money. Four other men are also on trial.
# all to play for
France set up decisive Test with first away win over Wallabies in 31 years
Les Bleus hadn’t beaten Australia on their own turf since a victory in Sydney all the way back in 1990.
# Much success
France beat Kazakhstan - Spain do an Aiden McGeady in Georgia
There was also a thumping 8-0 win for Denmark against Moldova.
# Les Bleus
France welcome back Vakatawa but Ntamack starts on the bench against England
Les Bleus are looking to record a first Six Nations win at Twickenham since 2005.
# Sacre Bleu
French government warns it could pull Les Bleus' approval to play in Six Nations
The Sports Minister wants more information on the Covid-19 outbreak in the France camp.
# Les Bleus
Scrum coach Servat tests positive as France confirm third Covid-19 case
However, all the French players have tested negative for the second time this week.
# Les Bleus
Farrell's Ireland come up short as France hold on for Six Nations win in Dublin
The home side battled hard in the closing minutes but have now lost two from two in this championship.
# Les Bleus
Jalibert partners Dupont in strong France team for Six Nations opener against Italy
In the back-row, Gregory Alldritt is fit to start at number eight following his pre-tournament injury scare.
# Green Light
10 days out from Six Nations, organisers still await final decision from France
French authorities have expressed concerns over the ‘UK strain’ of Covid-19.
# Key Man
Blow for France ahead of Six Nations as Vakatawa suffers knee injury
The elusive centre was forced off during Racing 92′s defeat to Bordeaux yesterday.
# Analysis
How Andy Farrell's Ireland lost the crucial championship minutes in Paris
The visitors made a huge call to go to touch before half-time and then conceded just after the break.
# Boost
France lock le Roux free to play against Ireland after avoiding ban at hearing
The Racing 92 second row had been cited for allegedly striking Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones.
# Les Bleus
Paul Pogba threatens legal action over report that he will quit French team
The Sun ran the story in England and Pogba says he is ‘appalled, angry, shocked and frustrated’.
# Les Bleus
Kylian Mbappe tests positive for Covid-19, sits out clash with Croatia
Mbappe is the seventh PSG player to test positive. He played against Sweden on Saturday and trained with the France squad today.
# world in union
France captain Ollivon backs global calendar 'for the good of rugby'
A realignment is on the cards.
# Les Bleus
Analysis: The risk-reward of Shaun Edwards' linespeed defence with France
The French have started the Six Nations strongly in defence but there are potential weaknesses to be exploited.
# victoire
Bravo les Bleus! But it's too early to know if France are genuinely back
Similarly, we can’t write off England’s Six Nations hopes just yet.
# Pool C
Lopez' left foot ensures France burn off US challenge
AJ MacGinty kicked the Eagles to within a score with 15 minutes to go, but Les Bleus had too much firepower.
# Les Bleus
Griezmann misses another penalty as below-par France triumph against Andorra
The World champions made hard work of beating a side ranked 133 places below them on Tuesday.
# rwc warm-ups
France's Fijian-born winger to make Les Bleus debut against Scotland
Alivereti Raka has been named in Jacques Brunel’s starting XV.
# Cloud 9
Galthié to join France in Japan and take over as head coach after World Cup - report
The former Toulon coach is said to have agreed a four-year contract to take the top job with Les Bleus until 2023.
# Les Bleus
French rugby clubs vote against foreign coach for national team
Bernard Laporte said he will ‘respect this choice’ of the clubs as the FFR begins the search for Jacques Brunel’s successor.
# Les Bleus
Giroud sets sights on Platini after becoming France's current top scorer with 35th international goal
The Chelsea striker moved past David Trezeguet last night, and only two players now sit ahead of him in the all-time charts.
# Les Bleus
World Cup champions France get Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off to winning start
Didier Deschamps’ side scored three goals in 12 first-half minutes against Moldova.
# Jouez
Big performance against les Bleus can ease concerns over Schmidt's Ireland
The home side have named 13 of the starting team that beat the All Blacks back in November.
# Les Bleus
France will 'sniff blood' as they aim to pressure Ireland's 'weaknesses'
The Toulouse trio of Antoine Dupoint, Romain Ntamack and Thomas Ramos will be central for the French.