France

  • Team Name
    Les Chanticleers/Les Tricolores
  • First Appearance
    1954
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group B
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa
  • Last Win
  • Players to watch
    Thomas Bosc, Morgan Escare and Eloi Pelissier
Jean-Philippe  Baile
J.Baile
William  Barthau
W.Barthau
Kane Bentley
K.Bentley
Andrew Bentley
A.Bentley
Thomas Bosc
T.Bosc
Damien Cardace
D.Cardace
Remi  Casty
R.Casty
Vincent  Duport
V.Duport
Olivier  Elima
O.Elima
Morgan  Escare
M.Escare
Theo  Fages
T.Fages
Jamal  Fakir
J.Fakir
Benjamin Garcia
B.Garcia
Tony  Gigot
T.Gigot
No Photo
C.Greenshields
Younes  Khattabi
Y.Khattabi
Kevin Larroyer
K.Larroyer
Antoni  Maria
A.Maria
Gregory  Mounis
G.Mounis
Eloi  Pelissier
E.Pelissier
Sebastian Raguin
S.Raguin
Mickael  Simon
M.Simon
Cyril  Stacul
C.Stacul
Frédéric Vaccari
F.Vaccari

Group B

Sun Oct 27 KO: 4:00pm MS3 CRAVEN PARK
HULL
Papua New Guinea
8-9
France
REPORT
Fri Nov 01 KO: 8:00pm PARC DES SPORTS
AVIGNON
New Zealand
48-0
France
REPORT
Mon Nov 11 KO: 8:00pm STADE GILBERT BRUTUS
PERPIGNAN
France
6-22
Samoa
REPORT

Quarter Finals

Sat Nov 16 KO: 8:00pm DW STADIUM
WIGAN
England
34-6
France
REPORT

A bit of History

With Catalans Dragons going strong in Super league and the domestic competition improving steadily, hopes are high for a Rugby League renaissance in France. 

Treize XIII is now the fastest growing sport in France, centred around its southern heartlands. Yet before the 2nd World War and the German occupation, there were more Rugby League clubs than union ones in France. During the war years, union officials collaborated with the Vichy government, league was banned and its assets seized. 

Despite this, the early 1950's and late 1960's were golden eras for French Rugby League on the international stage. France reached the 1954 and 1968 World Cup finals, and played a brand of Rugby League that is still revered to this day. 

The 2008 World Cup campaign was a major disappointment. With some players under-performing and others out injured, the French finished the World Cup with the wooden spoon. 

An improved showing in the subsequent Four Nations, allied with a stronger domestic competition, will give them renewed hope for the 2013 World Cup. The squad will draw heavily on the Catalans Dragons and a hope that a blend of the best of the rest of southern France will continue that improvement.

Fireworks are expected when the New Zealanders and Samoans visit Avignon and Perpignan respectively.