France is one of the top rugby playing nations in the northern hemisphere and are eager to win a first Rugby World Cup.
France will seek to keep the pressure on World Cup hosts New Zealand in their World Cup Pool A clash with Canada in Napier on Sunday.
France have confirmed that fly-half David Skrela has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a shoulder injury.
France overcame some anxious moments before they finally saw off the threat of Japan 47-21 in Saturday's World Cup Pool A clash in North Shore.
Marc Lievremont says France are taking the threat posed by Japan seriously as they prepare to open their World Cup Pool A campaign on Saturday.
Japan prop Hisateru Hirashima has described France's scrum as the "best in the world" and "stronger than New Zealand's".
France coach Marc Lievremont has named a powerful line-up for Les Bleus' World Cup Pool A opener against Japan in Auckland on Saturday.
Toulon rugby director Philippe Saint-Andre looks set to succeed Marc Lievremont as France coach after the upcoming World Cup.
Sylvain Marconnet and Thomas Domingo have been left out of France's 30-man squad for the World Cup in New Zealand.
Ireland are sweating on the fitness of Felix Jones less than 48 hours before they name their World Cup squad.
Ireland's preparations for the World Cup took another turn for the worse at the Aviva Stadium after they were beaten 26-22 by France.
Shane Jennings has been drafted into the Ireland team for their clash with France after David Wallace was ruled out with a hamstring strain.
Brian O'Driscoll will captain Ireland in Saturday's match against France at the Aviva Stadium.
France coach Marc Lievremont has made 13 changes for Les Bleus' second World Cup warm-up match against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll is expected to be in contention for Saturday's clash with France.
Ireland coach Declan Kidney refused to be cheered by a vastly improved second-half performance in the 19-12 defeat by France.
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