France A
UnionFrench Rugby Federation
Nickname(s)Les bleus/ Les tricolores
Emblem(s)the Gallic rooster
Coach(es)France Olivier Magne
Captain(s)France Benjamin Kayser
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
France XV  27-17  Germany
(14 October 1900)
Largest win
France B  126-6  Croatia
(19 June 1993)
Largest defeat
France A  12-22  Scotland A
(21 June 2009)

France A, also known as France XV and France B in the past, was the former name of the second national rugby union team of France behind the French national side.

In 2011 the French Rugby Federation designated the France U20 team as the second national side,[1] and from the start of the 2017–18 season, the French Barbarians became the official second side,[2][3] moving the role of the former France A team to the more prestigious invitational side with better name recognition.


France XV first played at the 1900 Summer Olympics, in Paris, when they defeated Germany by score of 27-17, in the first ever Olympic Rugby Union Tournament. They later would play often matches for the Mediterranean Games or would represent France at the FIRA Trophy.

In 2009 they played in the IRB Nations Cup, against Italy A, Scotland A, Romania, Russia and Uruguay. The 2009 tournament was held in Romania.

2010 Churchill Cup Squad

26-man squad:[4]



  1. ^ "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003–2012" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Les Barbarians Français deviennent une équipe nationale" (in French). Fédération Française de Rugby. 23 October 2017. Archived from the original on 6 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Next Senior National Representative Team June 2003-2017" (PDF). World Rugby. 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  4. ^ "France rest Chabal and Servat for June". 19 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-19.