Rugby World Cup 2019: France

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.

Leading players:


Pool draw
September 21
France v Argentina, Tokyo, 7:15pm (live updates)

October 2
France v USA, Fukuoka City, 8:45pm

October 6
France v Tonga, Kumamoto City, 8:45pm

October 12
England v France, Yokohama City, 9:15pm (live updates)