France have a large history when it comes to rugby. They won the first ever Olympic rugby event back in 1900. They officially joined into the 5 Nations in 1910, though they had competed in the home nations tournament previously. The home of French rugby is the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, Paris. Most the Top 14 (France’s ‘Premiership’) play down south, but there are two Parisian teams. Rugby is a very important sport to the French, especially down south. They hosted the 2007 Rugby World Cup, and are hoping to host the 2023 World Cup.

The French National Anthem was written in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle and soon became the anthem of the Republic.

 

‘La Marseillaise’: 

Allons, enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!
Contre nous, de la tyrannie
L’étendard sanglant est levé
Entendez-vous dans les campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats?
Ils viennent jusque dans nos bras
Égorger nos fils, nos compagnes!

Aux armes, citoyens!
Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons!
Qu’un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons!

 

 

Arise, children of the Fatherland
The day of glory has arrived
Against us tyranny’s
Bloody banner is raised
Do you hear, in the countryside
The roar of those ferocious soldiers?
They’re coming right into your arms
To cut the throats of your sons, your women!

To arms, citizens!
Form your battalions
Let’s march, let’s march
Let an impure blood
Water our furrows!

 

France play Wales in the second game of the final weekend. France haven’t beaten Wales since 2011 at Eden Park in the semi final of the world cup. This should be a very exciting match!