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This year is one of the biggest years in French rugby, with massive amounts of expectation heaped on Les Blues in 2023.
The French team are betting favourites ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, and that pressure has showed in the Six Nations so far. Round Two saw the French chances of a second consecutive title take a serious hit, with a loss to Ireland ending their 13 match unbeaten streak dating back to 2021.
However, the French still have a shot at defending their Six Nations title, if other results go their way. We preview the France Six Nations squad and odds, with all the information you need to bet on the Six Nations 2023.
France Odds Six Nations
Heading into the tournament, France were second favourite in the betting odds to win the Six Nations. Now, after four rounds of play, the Les Blues odds have dropped significantly off the back of their loss to Ireland.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Pre-tournament, France were sitting on odds of 2/1 (3.00) to win the Six Nations. Now, they’re a genuine long shot at 15.00 (14/1).
France Six Nations Chances of Winning
France have an outside chance of winning the Six Nations now, and will need to rely on other results going their way. As well as this, they absolutely must win their remaining game.
Latest France Six Nations Game
After losing to Ireland in Round Two, question marks were raised over France’s form this year. Those questions were well and truly answered last week, with France putting England to the sword 53-10 at Twickenham. France played close to the perfect game—starting fast with a try in the first five minutes, withstanding England’s attack, closing out the half with two more tries, then scoring four tries in 20 minutes after England had tired in the second half.
Remaining France Six Nations Games
France have one game remaining in the Six Nations, with this one at home. Here’s how the rest of the France Six Nations campaign will unfold:
- Wales – Home (18th of March)
Realistically, France are an incredibly long shot at winning the Six Nations this year. However, they still have a slight opening, but it will pivot around their final match against Wales.
Next France Six Nations Game
For France to have a chance of winning the Six Nations, they need to bet Wales in their final match. Not only this, but to even have a semi-realistic chance of winning the Six Nations, France needs to beat Wales by 20+ points with a bonus point. We say this result is more than likely, based on how the two sides have been played. France will be motivated to finish strong, and in front of a home crowd, there’s a good chance they’ll turn on another spectacle.
France Six Nations History
France have a proud Six Nations history, having won the tournament in its current format six times. Prior to this, France were part of the Five Nations competition since its inception in 1910, which they won 12 times outright and eight times as a shared title.
Here’s how the past five France Six Nations campaigns have unfolded:
- 2018—Fourth place
- 2019—Fourth place
- 2020—Runners up
- 2021—Runners up
The Frenchmen dominated the early years of the Six Nations, winning five times between 2002-2010. However, last year’s win was France first since then, breaking a 12 year drought of Six Nations titles for the country.
France Six Nations Squad
France named a 42-man squad ahead of the Six Nations this year, with their depth being tested significantly by injury.
The France Six Nations squad features eight uncapped players, however only one of these—Louis Bielle-Biarrey—has not spent time in the French camp before. Previously injured players Francois Cros and Paul Willemse return after missing France’s autumn Tests.
Full Squad List
Gregory Alldritt, Uini Atonio, Cyril Baille, Gaetan Barlot, Teddy Baubigny, Alexandre Becognee, Paul Boudehent, Yacouba Camara, Bastien Chalureau, Dylan Cretin, Francois Cros, Sipili Falatea, Thibaud Flament, Mohamed Haouas, Anthony Jelonch, Thomas Jolmes, Thomas Lavault, Sekou Macalou, Julien Marchand, Charles Ollivon, Dany Priso, Romain Taofifenua, Reda Wardi and Paul Willemse.
Pierre-Louis Barassi, Louis Bielle-Biarrey, Romain Buros, Leo Coly, Julien Delbouis, Ethan Dumortier, Antoine Dupont (capt), Gael Fickou, Emilien Gailleton, Antoine Hastoy, Matthieu Jalibert, Melvyn Jaminet, Nolann Le Garrec, Matthis Lebel, Yoram Moefana, Romain Ntamack, Damian Penaud, Thomas Ramos.
France Six Nations Injury Updates
This Six Nations will severely test France’s depth, with a plague of injuries striking last year’s defending champions.
Cameron Woki, Jonathan Danty, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Peato Mauvaka and Pierre Bourgarit are all injured and unavailable for selection in the France Six Nations campaign, as well as Arthur Vincent, Killian Geraci and Florian Verhaeghe.