France's national rugby union team is the nation's representative side. The team has played Test match rugby since 1906, when they played New Zealand national rugby union team in Paris. The record for most Test match appearances, or caps, is held by Fabien Pelous with 118. Serge Blanco played for France between 1980 and 1991, and has scored 38 Test tries for France – more than any other player. The record for most Test points is held by Frédéric Michalak, who has scored 422 points for France in his 74 Test matches to date.

Caps

The following is a list of the ten French team players with the highest number of Test appearances. Updated 20 November 2021.[1]

# Name Career years Caps Tries Points
1. Fabien Pelous 1995–2007 118 8 40
2. Philippe Sella 1982–1995 111 30 125
3. Raphaël Ibañez 1996–2007 98 8 40
4. Serge Blanco 1980–1991 93 38 233
5. Olivier Magne 1997–2007 89 14 70
6. Damien Traille 2001–2011 86 14 128
7. Nicolas Mas 2003–2015 85 1 5
8. Sylvain Marconnet 1998–2011 84 3 15
9. Dimitri Szarzewski 2004–2015 83 7 35
10. Imanol Harinordoquy 2002–2012 82 13 65
Louis Picamoles 2008–2019 82 10 50

Career tries

The following is a list of the ten French team players with the most Test tries. Updated 20 November 2021.[2]

# Name Career years Tries Caps Avg per game
1 Serge Blanco 1980–1991 38 93 0.41
2 Vincent Clerc 2002–2013 34 67 0.51
3 Philippe Saint-André 1990–1997 32 69 0.46
4 Philippe Sella 1982–1995 30 111 0.27
5 Philippe Bernat-Salles 1992–2001 26 41 0.63
Émile Ntamack 1994–2000 26 46 0.57
7 Christophe Dominici 1998–2007 25 67 0.37
8 Christian Darrouy 1957–1967 23 40 0.58
Aurélien Rougerie 2001–2012 23 76 0.3
10 Yannick Jauzion 2001–2011 20 73 0.27
Patrice Lagisquet 1983–1991 20 46 0.43

Career points

# Player Career Span Points Caps Tries Con. Pen. DG Ave.
1. Frédéric Michalak 2001–2015 436 77 10 61 79 9 5.66
2. Christophe Lamaison 1996–2001 380 37 2 59 78 6 10.27
3. Dimitri Yachvili 2002–2012 373 61 2 51 85 2 6.11
4. Morgan Parra 2008–2019 370 71 3 47 86 1 5.21
5. Thierry Lacroix 1989–1997 367 43 6 32 89 2 8.53
6. Didier Camberabero 1982–1993 354 36 12 48 59 11 9.83
7. Gérald Merceron 1999–2003 267 32 3 36 57 3 8.34
8. Jean-Pierre Romeu 1972–1977 265 34 4 27 56 9 7.79
9. Thomas Castaignède 1995–2007 252 54 18 42 21 5 4.67
10. Serge Blanco 1980–1991 233 93 38 6 21 2 2.51

Updated 20 November 2021.

Points in a match

# Player Position Points Tries Con. Pen. DG Result Opposition Date
1. Didier Camberabero Full Back 30 3 9 0 0 70–12  Zimbabwe 02/06/1987
2. Christophe Lamaison Fly-half 28 1 4 3 2 43–31  New Zealand 31/10/1999
Frédéric Michalak Fly-half 28 1 4 4 1 51–9  Scotland 25/10/2003
4. Guy Camberabero Fly-half 27 0 9 2 1 60–13  Italy 26/03/1967
Christophe Lamaison Fly-half 27 0 3 5 2 42–33  New Zealand 18/11/2000
Gérald Merceron Fly-half 27 1 2 6 0 32–23  South Africa 16/06/2001
Jean-Baptiste Élissalde Scrum-half 27 1 11 0 0 87–10  Namibia 16/09/2007
8. Thierry Lacroix Centre 26 0 1 8 0 36–12  Ireland 10/06/1995
Frédéric Michalak Fly-half 26 0 4 6 0 61–18  Fiji 11/10/2003
10. Jean-Pierre Romeu Fly-half 25 1 3 5 0 33–14  United States 12/06/1976
Philippe Bérot Wing 25 1 6 3 0 49–3  Romania 11/11/1987
Thierry Lacroix Centre 25 2 3 3 0 38–10  Tonga 26/05/1995

Last updated: France vs New Zealand, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [3]

Tries in a match

Tries Player Position Result Opposition Date
4 Adolphe Jaureguy Wing 61-3  Romania 04/05/1924
Maurice Celhay Wing 43-5  Italy 17/10/1937

Last updated: France vs New Zealand, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [4]

Matches as captain

# Player Span Caps Total caps Win % as captain
1. Thierry Dusautoir 2009–2015 56 79 48.21%
2. Fabien Pelous 1997–2006 42 118 64.28%
3. Raphaël Ibañez 1998–2007 41 98 63.41%
4. Jean-Pierre Rives 1978–1984 34 59 58.82%
Philippe Saint-André 1994–1997 34 69 73.52%
6. Guilhem Guirado 2016–2019 33 74 39.06%
7. Daniel Dubroca 1986–1988 25 33 74.00%
Fabien Galthié 1999–2003 25 64 66.00%
9. Guy Basquet 1948–1952 24 33 52.08%
10. Michel Crauste 1961–1966 22 63 79.54%

Last updated France vs New Zealand, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [5]

Youngest players

# Player Age DOB Debut Opposition
1. Claude Dourthe 18 years 7 days 20/11/1948 27/11/1966  Romania
2. René Lasserre 18 years 84 days 09/10/1895 01/01/1914  Ireland
3. Pierre Dizabo 18 years 99 days 04/10/1929 11/01/1948  Australia
4. Henri Martin 18 years 129 days 29/08/1888 05/01/1907  England
5. Lucien Augras-Fabre 18 years 141 days 13/08/1912 01/01/1931  Ireland
6. Christopher Tolofua 18 years 168 days 31/12/1993 16/06/2012  Argentina
7. Max Rousie 18 years 190 days 18/07/1912 24/01/1931  Scotland
8. Marcel Legrain 18 years 279 days 14/06/1890 20/03/1909  Ireland
9. Jacques Meynard 18 years 335 days 28/09/1935 29/08/1954  Argentina
10. Gael Fickou 18 years 355 days 26/03/1994 16/03/2013  Scotland

Last updated: France vs New Zealand, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [6]

Oldest players

# Player Age DOB Last Match Opposition
1. Alfred Roques 37 years 329 days 17/02/1925 12/01/1963  Scotland
2. Francis Haget 37 years 249 days 01/10/1949 07/06/1987  Fiji
3. Jean-Pierre Garuet-Lempirou 36 years 233 days 15/06/1953 03/02/1990  England
4. Marc Cecillon 36 years 138 days 30/01/1959 17/06/1995  South Africa
5. Pascal Ondarts 35 years 201 days 01/04/1956 19/10/1991  England
6. Lionel Nallet 35 years 179 days 14/09/1976 11/03/2012  England
7. Noël Baudry 35 years 156 days 01/04/1914 04/09/1949  Argentina
8. Christophe Dominici 35 years 152 days 20/05/1972 19/10/2007  Argentina
9. Nicolas Mas 35 years 147 days 23/05/1980 17/10/2015  New Zealand
10. Olivier Sourgens 35 years 143 days 17/01/1972 09/06/2007  New Zealand

Last updated: France vs New Zealand, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [7]

References

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  2. ^ "France / Most individual tries". ESPN (UK). Retrieved 3 October 2019.
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