France national under-20 rugby union team

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France
UnionFédération Française de Rugby
Nickname(s)Les Bleuets
Coach(es)Sébastien Piqueronies
Team kit
Change kit
First international
France France 12-6 Scotland Scotland
(1 February 2008)
Largest win
France France 68-13 Wales Wales
(21 June 2009)
Largest defeat
New Zealand New Zealand 45–7 France France
(15 June 2015)
World Cup
Appearances11 (First in 2008)
Best resultChampions, 2009 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, 2014 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, 2018 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, Champions, 2018

The France under 20 rugby team are the newest representative rugby union team from France. They replace the two former age grade teams Under 19s and Under 21s. Their first tournament was the 2008 Six Nations U20 Championship, where they finished 3rd with three wins (over Scotland, Ireland and Italy) and two losses (to England and Wales). They also have participated in the inaugural IRB Junior World Championship and all subsequent competitions. They won the Six Nations Under 20s Championship in 2009,2014 and 2018, when they also won World Rugby Under 20 Championship

U20 Six Nations Championship[edit]

The France Under 20s won three of their five matches and finished 3rd in the 2008 Six Nations Championship

2008 Six Nations Championship
Match Score Opposition
First Match 12–6  Scotland
Second Match 24–13  Ireland
Third Match 6–24  England
Fourth Match 26–14  Italy
Fifth Match 16–20  Wales

The France Under 20s won four of their five matches to be crowned champions in the 2009 Six Nations Championship

2009 Six Nations Championship
Match Score Opposition
First Match 6–9  Ireland
Second Match 30–3  Scotland
Third Match 40–20  Wales
Fourth Match 31–11  England
Fifth Match 43–10  Italy

The France Under 20s won two of their five matches and finished 4th in the 2010 Six Nations Championship

2010 Six Nations Championship
Match Score Opposition
First Match 8–8  Scotland
Second Match 20–15  Ireland
Third Match 8–43  Wales
Fourth Match 25–6  Italy
Fifth Match 31–47  England

The France Under 20s won four of their five matches and were the runners-up in the 2011 Six Nations Championship

2011 Six Nations Championship
Match Score Opposition
First Match 49–5  Scotland
Second Match 38–13  Ireland
Third Match 8–19  England
Fourth Match 25–3  Italy
Fifth Match 29–22  Wales

The France Under 20s won four of their five matches and were the runners-up in the 2012 Six Nations Championship

2012 Six Nations Championship
Match Score Opposition
First Match 19–5  Italy
Second Match 12–13  Ireland
Third Match 30–21  Scotland
Fourth Match 12–8  England
Fifth Match 36–16  Wales

The France Under 20s won two of their five matches and finished 4th in the 2013 Six Nations Championship

2013 Six Nations Championship
Match Score Opposition
First Match 13–6  Italy
Second Match 13–27  Wales
Third Match 10–40  England
Fourth Match 5–22  Ireland
Fifth Match 13–10  Scotland

Junior World Championship[edit]

Year Round Position Pld W D L PF PA
Wales 2008 5th-8th place 6th 5 3 0 2 155 102
Japan 2009 5th-8th place 5th 5 4 0 1 202 100
Argentina 2010 5th-8th place 5th 5 4 0 1 146 94
Italy 2011 Semi-final 4th 5 3 0 2 117 114
South Africa 2012 5th-8th place 6th 5 3 0 2 102 89
France 2013 5th-8th place 5th 5 3 0 2 116 101
New Zealand 2014 5th-8th place 6th 5 3 0 2 105 83
Italy 2015 Semi-final 4th 5 3 0 2 121 111
England 2016 9th-12th place 9th 5 3 0 2 160 129
Georgia (country) 2017 Semi-final 4th 5 2 1 2 144 124
France 2018 Champions 1st 5 5 0 0 145 97
Total 11/11 1 Title 55 36 1 18 1513 1144

The France Under 20s ended up 6th in the 2008 Junior World Championship

2008 Junior World Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 53–17  Japan
Pool Match 32–14  Italy
Pool Match 19–23  Wales
5th–8th places Playoff Semi-Final 30–6  Argentina
5th place Playoff Final 21–42  Australia

The France Under 20s ended up 5th in the 2009 Junior World Championship

2009 Junior World Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 43–13  Italy
Pool Match 48–25  Fiji
Pool Match 27–43  South Africa
5th–8th places Playoff Semi-Final 16–6  Samoa
5th place Playoff Final 68–13  Wales

The France Under 20s ended up 5th in the 2010 Junior World Championship

2010 Junior World Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 25–22  Ireland
Pool Match 31–23  Argentina
Pool Match 9–17  England
5th–8th places Playoff Semi-Final 44–9  Fiji
5th place Playoff Final 37–23  Argentina

The France Under 20s ended up 4th in the 2011 Junior World Championship

2011 Junior World Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 24–12  Fiji
Pool Match 27–14  Tonga
Pool Match 31–25  Australia
Semi-Final 18–33  England
3rd place Playoff Final 17–30  Australia

The France Under 20s ended up 6th in the 2012 Junior World Championship

2012 Junior World Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 15–18  Argentina
Pool Match 30–29  Scotland
Pool Match 31–7  Australia
5th–8th places Playoff Semi-Final 19–17  Australia
5th place Playoff Final 7–18  Ireland

The France Under 20s ended up 5th in the 2013 Junior World Championship

2013 Junior World Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 6–30  England
Pool Match 45–3  United States
Pool Match 19–26  South Africa
5th–8th places Playoff Semi-Final 9-8  Ireland
5th place Playoff Final 37–24  Argentina

The France Under 20s ended up 6th in the 2014 Junior World Championship

2014 Junior World Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 19–14  Ireland
Pool Match 37–5  Fiji
Pool Match 3–13  Wales
5th–8th places Playoff Semi-Final 19–18  Wales
5th place Playoff Final 27–34  Australia

The France Under 20s ended up 4th in the 2015 Under 20 Championship

2015 Under 20 Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 19–10  Wales
Pool Match 47–7  Japan
Pool Match 30–18  England
Semi-Final 7–45  New Zealand
3rd place Final 18–31  South Africa

The France Under 20s ended up 9th in the 2016 Under 20 Championship

2016 Under 20 Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 15–24  Argentina
Pool Match 46–14  Japan
Pool Match 31–40  South Africa
9th–12th places Playoff Semi-Final 41–27  Japan
9th place Final 27–24  Georgia

The France Under 20s ended up 4th in the 2017 Under 20 Championship

2017 Under 20 Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 23–23  South Africa
Pool Match 26–25  Argentina
Pool Match 54–0  Georgia
Semi-Final 26–39  New Zealand
3rd place Final 15–37  South Africa

The France Under 20s ended up Champions of the 2018 Under 20 Championship

2018 Under 20 Championship
Match Score Opposition
Pool Match 26–24  Ireland
Pool Match 24–12  Georgia
Pool Match 46–29  South Africa
Semi-Final 16–7  New Zealand
Final 33–25  England

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2018 World Rugby Under 20 Championship:

Management[edit]

  • Sébastien Piqueronies - Head Coach
  • Éric Dasalmartini - Forwards Coach
  • David Darricarrère - Backs Coach
  • Cedric Cassou - Physiotherapist
  • Salim Malgouen - Physiotherapist
  • Damien Monnot - Team Doctor
  • Vincent Krischer - Video Analyst
  • Mathieu Lacome - Strength & Conditioning
  • Guy Molveau - Committee Member
  • Mathieu Brauge - Administration Manager

References[edit]