France has one of the best World Cup records of any Northern Hemisphere team. Problem is, Les Bleus just seem to go missing in the finals. They have finished either runners up or semi-finalists an impressive six times out of eight tournaments – and this has led a hard-hitting French public to view them as chokers.
They can show unbelievable attacking brillance one-minute and woeful Sunday rugby standard the next. It must be incredibly frustrating if you’re a French fan, but to the neutral, they are wonderfully entertaining to watch.
Current coach Jaques Brunel has struggled, like many before him, to instil the elegant, attacking flow of rugby that Les Bleus were once known for. But he might have played a genius stroke, by adding scrum-half legend Fabien Galthié to his coaching staff- giving France the verve they crave.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – Can France go all the way?
French rugby teams are notoriously unpredictable. They were stunned in the 2011 World Cup group stages by Tonga, then went on to make it to the final where they were narrowly beaten by the All Blacks – as if to prove this point.
There has though, been a change in personnel which has sparked a French resurgence. Brunel has left out legends such as Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra, favouring promising talents like Antoine Dupont and Sofiane Guitoune.
On paper, many would say that this team don’t stand a chance of getting to the business end of the competition in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. History suggests, however, that you write off France at your peril. They will be up against old foes England and Argentina in Pool C, along with USA, and Tonga; who will be hoping to repeat that 2011 upset.
Review of France Group Matches
France vs Argentina: The rugby team from Argentina has become a bit of a bogey team for France, thanks mostly to the amount of Pumas players contracted to French Top 14 sides. The winner of this one will virtually be assured of a quarter-final spot, so expect an intense affair.
France vs USA: Les Bleus should have enough attacking force and technical ability to come through against the Eagles, but you do feel there is an upset waiting to happen with the ever-improving United States team.
France vs Tonga: Surely Tonga can’t pull off another major World Cup upset against France? If the world-class rugby players from Tonga can keep it going for a full 80 minutes, anything can happen.
France vs England: If both these teams win all their game then this will be the Pool decider. The England team has had the upper hand over the French for the past decade and will be hoping to continue that trend and get an easier draw in the knock-out stages.
How to stream every France game at The Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching on-demand.
Take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out the Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming team France rugby live to a variety of eligible devices, also listed below.
Note: Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes||2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
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What time does France Play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. Rugby World Cup 2019™ on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your Kayo TV Guide during the tournament for exact times.
France Group Games Live TV (Sydney time)
|Sat 21 Sept||France vs Argentina||5:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Wed 2 Oct||France vs USA||5:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 6 Oct||France vs Tonga||5:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 12 Oct||France vs England||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||Wales v France||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||Japan v South Africa||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|