France Men

Nickname: Les Bleus/Les Tricolores |

France Men

Nickname: Les Bleus/Les Tricolores |
host venues

IRL Ranking :

head coach

Head Coach:
Laurent Frayssinous


Théo Fages


World Cup Appearances:
15 (1954, 1957, 1960, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1985-88, 1989-92, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013, 2017)

Best Results

World Cup Best Result:
Runners-up – 1954 and 1968

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RLWC2021 Host Town:

Team Bio

The French Rugby League Federation was formed in 1934, and after the RFL, it is the second oldest governing body in European Rugby League. France became a founding member of the International Rugby League Board in 1948, alongside the Australian, New Zealand and English federations (ARL, NZRL, and RFL). 

The first ever Rugby League World Cup was proposed by France in the 1930s, but took until 1951 when French Rugby League President, Paul Barrière raised the idea to the RFL of France hosting a ‘Rugby World Cup’ (as it was known then). The RFL accepted Barrière’s proposal and since the first ever Rugby League World Cup in 1954, the winners of the men’s tournament are awarded the Paul Barrière Trophy.  

The domestic rugby league structure in France comprises of an Elite 1 competition, supported by the Elite 2 competition and a series of regional divisions.  The sport within the nation mostly takes place in the south of France. The introduction of Catalans Dragons (based in Perpignan) into the England based Super League in 2006 and Toulouse Olympique into the Championship in 2009 has seen increased coverage of Rugby League in the country. It has also contributed to the rise in playing numbers, with a current approximate of 30,000 people playing the sport in France. 

The French Rugby League team have taken part in all 15 World Cups, with the very first competition being held in France in 1954. As the winner of the 2018 Rugby League European Championship, France assured qualification for their sixteenth consecutive appearance at a World Cup. 


Men's Group A


Mon 17


Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster


Men's Group A


Sat 22


University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton


Men's Group A


Sun 30


Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington



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