Under the tutlege of Aurélien Cologni, France will be hoping they can at least match their efforts in the 2013 World Cup when they reached the quarter-finals.
Their squad feels a little underwhelming considering how much rugby league has developed in France since the introduction of Catalans Dragons to Super League and Toulouse to the lower leagues.
Theo Fages is the star man for the French and will be hoping to strike a good partnership with William Barthau. They will be playing behind a decent pack but they lack quality in the outside backs and that could be their downfall.
Analysis - what to expect
France begin their World Cup campaign in what is a do-or-die contest against Lebanon with the loser facing the likelihood of finishing bottom of the group. France's squad feels short on genuine quality with Lebanon having a few star players that could cause problems as well as some youngsters who will be out to impress watching scouts. France are slight favourites in what appears to be the tightest game to call from the opening round but it's Lebanon who can just nick this.