The French rugby union side play in the Six Nations competition. They compete annually in the Six Nations with England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Italy. They have won the championship 16 times and shared it a further eight times. They have completed nine grand slams. Eight former French players have been inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame. France first played rugby in 1872 introduced by the British and they played their first test match against New Zealand in 1906 in Paris.
Fabian Pelous holds the record for the most number of appearances with 118. Christophe Lamaison holds the record for most number of points with 380. Serge Blanco has the record for most number of tries with 38. The All Blacks beat France 38-8 in their first ever international. France's largest win was against Namibia winning 87-10. France's best result in the World Cup was runners-up in 1987, 1999 and 2011.
Until 1912, the shirts were white with two rings one red and one blue. The team now play in blue shirts, white shorts and blue socks. The side play the Stade de France stadium which holds 81,338 people. The sides emblem is the Gallic rooster.