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# Les Bleus

This year
France beat New Zealand in opening game of the Rugby World Cup
Fabien Galthié’s men scored two second-half tries to finish over the top of the Kiwis.
Powerful finish sends France to opening-night win over All Blacks
Fabien Galthié’s men scored two second-half tries to finish over the top of the Kiwis.
Clever Dupont and France have been pushing the offside boundaries
The French have tested the limits of the law around offside from kicks.
France can lay down World Cup marker with convincing win over Wallabies
Eddie Jones’ side boasts a powerful pack but has lost its first four games under the new head coach.
Jalibert starts as France go full tilt at Australia
Fabien Galthié has named arguably his strongest possible starting XV for the World Cup warm-up at the Stade de France.
Injured flanker Jelonch included in France's Rugby World Cup squad
France open the World Cup by facing three-time winners New Zealand in Paris on 8 September.
France lock Paul Willemse out of Six Nations finale
Second-row forward was replaced during Saturday’s emphatic win over England.
'If we don't sort it out, we'll ship 15, 20 or even 30 points in Ireland'
Shaun Edwards wasn’t happy with France’s performance in Rome yesterday.
France squeeze past Italy ahead of Ireland showdown in Dublin
The Italians were excellent as they gave the French a real fright.
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
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
France coach Galthié positive for Covid-19 before Six Nations opener as team named
Les Bleus face Italy in Paris on Sunday.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
France beat Kazakhstan - Spain do an Aiden McGeady in Georgia
There was also a thumping 8-0 win for Denmark against Moldova.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
France captain Ollivon backs global calendar 'for the good of rugby'
A realignment is on the cards.
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.
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.