France is one of the top rugby playing nations in the northern hemisphere and are eager to win a first Rugby World Cup.
A France team derided as the "worst" side ever to reach a World Cup Final found itself under fresh attack on Friday, just two days out from the showpiece match against hosts New Zealand.
Morgan Parra has claimed Franc have been stung by the criticism surrounding their appearance in Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand.
Veteran France back Damien Traille was included among the replacements named on Friday by coach Marc Lievremont for the World Cup Final against New Zealand this weekend.
Julien Bonnaire has taken stock of France's World Cup final prospects against New Zealand, and admitted: "We need a perfect game."
France play New Zealand in the World Cup Final at Eden Park on Sunday, a ground where the All Blacks last tasted defeat on July 3, 1994, after Les Bleus snatched a win in the final minute with a memorable try.
Vincent Clerc insists France will head into Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand confident of victory despite their indifferent form.
If France lose Sunday's World Cup final against hosts New Zealand, team manager Jo Maso will undoubtedly be disappointed.
France's patchy form going into the World Cup Final will have no bearing on what remains a two-horse race, All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen insisted Thursday.
Pascal Pape has warned that France are fully motivated to upset the odds after being written off ahead of Sunday's World Cup final.
Marc Lievremont has faith his unchanged France side can beat New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup final.
France coach Marc Lievremont has said calling his players "spoilt brats" for going out on the town after their World Cup semifinal victory was a mistake.
France coach Marc Lievremont has gone against his natural urge to tinker with his squad by naming an unchanged side for the World Cup final.
France coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged starting team to play New Zealand in the World Cup final in Auckland on Sunday.
Aaron Cruden will "pick the brains" of New Zealand's absent star Dan Carter as the All Blacks prepare to tackle France in the World Cup final.
France, the enigma of world rugby, has the most amazing - but also erratic - record at World Cup tournaments.
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