France just came up short against New Zealand in the final at Eden Park in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It had been billed as a simple matter for the Kiwis to win as they had pummelled the French in their pool game 37-17. But as usual France tore up the script and made the final a real contest, in fact one they could, perhaps should and most certainly almost won. Going down by the narrowest of margins 7-8. They will be hoping to go one better in 2015 when the competition will be closer to home in England.
France will be looking to upset the hosts again, having been the team to knock them out in the quarter-finals in 2007. France then went on to lose to England in the semis. They have however reached two of the last six Rugby World Cup Finals but have lost both times. 'Les Blues' have always risen to the occasion on rugby's biggest stage. They are consistant top performers in the Six Nations and if on form will pose a threat for the All Blacks and could spring a surprise.
France have always combined powerful forwards with a talented set of backs, to produce awesome attacking play. Their Achilles heel was always a lack of discipline gifting the opposition penalty goals and possession. Under the guidance of Marc Lièvremont, a new discipline has been established, making France a feared opponent. This coupled with some exciting young talent should see the French competing through into the latter stages with an outside opportunity to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time.p.
The new France shirts for RWC 2011 are available now. The shirt which will also be the World Cup version has moved on from previous versions with paler blue shoulders graduating to dark blue as it goes down the body. The shirt is made by Nike and features further developments on the tight fit first seen at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. To place your order and view other France shirts visit the France Shirts page.
France meet New Zealand,Tonga,Canada and Japan in Pool A of the 2011 competition. they are expected to progress to the knockout stages as runner-up to hosts New Zealand. Could they be the suprise team and take the cup to the northern hemisphere.