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Rugby In France

Rugby union is a popular team sport that is played in France. It was first introduced in the early 1870s by British residents. Elite French clubs participate in the domestic club competition - the Top 14. Clubs also compete in the European knock-out competition, the Heineken Cup.The national side competes annually in the Six Nations Championship and are the current champions. France has been to every Rugby World Cup since its inception in 1987, and has been a runner-up on two occasions. France will be hosting the next World Cup, the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

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Rugby football was introduced into France by the British in the early 1870s. The English Taylors RFC formed by British businessmen in Paris in 1877, followed by Paris Football Club a year later. Racing Club de France was formed in 1882 and their rivals Stade Français in 1883. The Football Commission of l’Union des Societes Françaises de Sports Athletiques (USFSA) formed in 1890 and became the de facto controlling body of French rugby, until diversity and sheer numbers led to the birth of the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) in 1920.

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In 1900, rugby was played at the Paris Summer Olympics, France entered a team, along with Germany and Great Britain. France won the gold medal, the first ever rugby event at the Olympics. In 1905, for the first time, England and France played each other. In 1910, France coined the term The Five Nations, though they had competed in the home nations tournament four times previously, the name was known as Five Nations after 1910.

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