As one of the driving forces behind the development of the women's game, it is not surprising that France has consistently entered one of the strongest teams in the women's Rugby World Cup. France took part in the very first international women's rugby match against the Netherlands on 13th June 1982, winning 4-0. They had also beaten Great Britain on their first trip across the Channel in 1986, 8-14 for the visiting French.
France maintained an impressive record at the Rugby World Cups, reaching the semi-finals in four out of the first five editions of the tournament.
Les Bleus won third-place play-off matches in 1994, 2002 and 2006. They also won an unofficial match against New Zealand in the inaugural tournament in 1991, after both sides had lost at the semi-final stage.