STADIUM: Stade de France
HEAD COACH: Fabien Galthie (FRA)
Montpellier tighthead prop Mohamed Haouas showed last year to be one of the best props in the Six Nations, and is likely to shine once again for Les Bleus again. Back rower Gregory Alldritt is another who France will be relying on, with his key ball-carrying abilities, whilst flankers Ibrahim Diallo and Anthony Jelonch have also impressed during the recent European Rugby Champions Cup pool games for Racing 92 and Toulouse respectively. Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack will once again be a half-back pairing to be reckoned with, whilst there are plenty of good options in the backs, including Clermont flyer Damien Penaud and Racing winger Teddy Thomas, who are among the best players in French rugby at the moment.
2021 PLACING: 2nd
2022 TOURNAMENT PREDICTION:
France are the other team that many are fancying for the title, and it is not hard to see why when we look at the amount of quality they have in their squad. French rugby really is going from strength to strength at the moment, as they continue to prepare for their home World Cup next year, and it would take a lot for them to flop during this year’s Six Nations. The performances of the French domestic teams in this year’s European competitions was mixed, but putting the best players from each of those teams together gives them a really good chance of another top two finish.