World ranking: Seventh
Qualification: 2015 quarter-finalists
Best result: Runners-up 1987, 99, 2011
TAB odds: $34
Chances: Probably the best team never to have won the World Cup and a real thorn in the All Blacks' side over the years.
France's fate really depends on which version turns up to play. Their odds have lengthened since their disappointing Six Nations campaign, but discount them at your peril.
France v Argentina, Tokyo, 7:15pm (live updates)
France v USA, Fukuoka City, 8:45pm
France v Tonga, Kumamoto City, 8:45pm
England v France, Yokohama City, 9:15pm (live updates)