The France National Rugby Union team are a national sporting side, representing France in rugby union. The team is also known as les Bleus or les Tricolores. France is governed by the Fédération Française de Rugby, which was formed in 1919.
France competes in the Six Nations Championship annually. The team was infamously expelled from the competition in the 1930s because of professionalism and other problems. France has won the competition outright on 14 occasions, shared in another 8 wins and completed 8 Grand Slams.
Since the inaugural World Cup in 1987, France have competed in all tournaments which have taken place. France appeared in the very first World Cup final, but lost to New Zealand. They were again losing finalists in the 1999 World Cup against Australia. The last World Cup saw France finish atop of their group table and make it to the semi-finals.
France lost their opening game of the 2006 Six Nations, 16 to 20 against Scotland, but went on to defeat the other four nations to win the Six Nations.
The Six Nations Championship, known before 2000 as the Five Nations Championship, is an annual international rugby union competition held between six European sides; England, France (joined 1910), Ireland, Italy (joined 2000), Scotland and Wales. The winner of the Six Nations is often seen as being the unofficial European Champions.
The Five Nations Championship, with its predecessor the Home Championship, was the premier international rugby union tournament in the Northern hemisphere. It has also in the past been known as 'The International Championship'. There is also a Women's Six Nations Championship which historically featured Spain instead of Italy, but from 2007 on will include Italy at Spain's expense.
France are the current defending champions having won the competition in 2006. No Grand Slam was won, but Ireland won the Triple Crown. Italy won their first point away from home in a draw with Wales.