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Name:             France

Continent:       Europe

Nickname:       Les Bleus

Kit:                  Blue jersey with golden rooster in red, white shorts, red socks

Ranking:         7 (81.12)

Pool:               D (Ireland, Italy, Canada, Romania)

1st Match:      Italy on September 19

Past RWCs:    All seven

Path to RWC:  Automatic qualifier in top 12 teams

WC Stats:        The perennial bridesmaid with three losses in the finals. Have upset the All Blacks twice in past tournaments, and Australia once.

Flag:                The Tricolor. Red and blue from the two color flag of Paris. White indicates the House of Bourbon.

Betting Odds:  16-1

Comment:       The French finished poorly at 2-3 in this year’s Six Nations Championship, an event they have won five times, and more than the other nations. Les Bleus always rise to the RWC occasion, achieving upset victories in the quarters and the semis. The key pool match up will be against Ireland to secure the top Pool D spot.