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(L-R) Captains from Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, France, Ireland, England, Canada, Australia, US Wales and Spain pose with the trophy in Dublin ahead of the women's rugby union World Cup on August 6, 2017

(L-R) Captains from Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, France, Ireland, England, Canada, Australia, US Wales and Spain pose with the trophy in Dublin ahead of the women's rugby union World Cup on August 6, 2017

(L-R) Captains from Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, France, Ireland, England, Canada, Australia, US Wales and Spain pose with the trophy in Dublin ahead of the women's rugby union World Cup on August 6, 2017 (AFP Photo/Paul FAITH)

(L-R) Captains from Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, New Zealand, France, Ireland, England, Canada, Australia, US Wales and Spain pose with the trophy in Dublin ahead of the women's rugby union World Cup on August 6, 2017

New Zealand Captains Run

Rugby Union - New Zealand Captains Run - Surenois Rugby Club, Suresnes, France - November 10, 2017 New Zealand's Kieran Read during the captains run. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Rugby Union - RugbyU: Injured Faletau set to miss start of Six Nations

RC Toulon's French lock Romain Taofifenua (C) passes the ball as Bath's number 8 Taulupe Faletau looks on during the Champions Cup rugby union match RC Toulon vs Bath at The Mayol Stadium in Toulon, southeastern France on December 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/BERTRAND LANGLOIS)

RugbyU - RugbyU: Liebenberg set for long absence after operation

Montpellier's South African flanker Wiaan Liebenberg (C) vies with Clermont's Georgian flanker Viktor Kolelishvili (L) and Clermont's Tongan prop Loni Uhila (R) during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Montpellier and Clermont on November 5, 2017 at the Altrad stadium in Montpellier, southern France. (AFP Photo/PASCAL GUYOT)

RugbyU - RugbyU: Boks to host All Blacks at unhappy hunting ground

South Africa's lock and captain Eben Etzebeth (C) leaps in the line out during the friendly rugby union international Test match between France and South Africa's Springboks at The Stade de France Stadium, in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris, on November 18, 2017. (AFP Photo/Martin BUREAU)

Home team

La Rochelle centre Levani Botia celebrates after victory in the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match against Wasps at The Marcel Deflandre Stadium in La Rochelle, southwestern France (AFP Photo/XAVIER LEOTY)

Rugby Union - Laporte investigation sent to public prosecutor

President of French Rugby Federation, Bernard Laporte (C/R) poses with President of Japanese Rugby Federation Tadashi Okamura (C/L) and children during the half-time break in the friendly rugby union international Test match between France and Japan at The U Arena in Nanterre on the outskirts of Paris on November 25, 2017. (AFP Photo/Lionel BONAVENTURE)

Rugby Union - Clermont edge plucky Agen

Clermont's English winger David Strettle (C) runs to score a try during the French Top 14 Rugby union match between ASM Clermont and SU Agen at the Michelin stadium in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, on December 3, 2017. (AFP Photo/THIERRY ZOCCOLAN)

South Africa's lock and captain Eben Etzebeth (C) leaps in the line-out during their friendly rugby union Test match against France, at The Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, on November 18, 2017

South Africa's lock and captain Eben Etzebeth (C) leaps in the line-out during their friendly rugby union Test match against France, at The Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, on November 18, 2017

RugbyUnion - Fijian rugby pair on trial over drunken brawl

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 31, 2015 shows Stade Francais Paris' Fijian wing Josaia Raisuqe (C) tackled during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Agen and Toulouse at the Armandie stadium in Agen, southwestern France. The trial of Stade Francais' Fijian rugby players Josaia Raisuqe and Waisea Nayacalevu Vuidravuwalu, charged with sexual assault and drunk violence last July in Paris, will be held at the courthouse of Paris on November 29, 2017. (AFP Photo/NICOLAS TUCAT)

Autumn Internationals - France vs South Africa

Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - France vs South Africa - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - November 18, 2017 South Africa's Malcolm Marx in action REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Autumn Internationals - France vs Japan

Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - France vs Japan - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 25, 2017 France head coach Guy Noves REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

France Captains Run

FILE PHOTO - Rugby Union - France Captains Run - National Rugby Center, Marcoussis, France - November 17, 2017 French National Rugby team attends a training session. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Autumn Internationals - France vs Japan

Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - France vs Japan - U Arena, Nanterre, France - November 25, 2017 Japan’s Michael Leitch in action with France’s Francois Trinh-Duc REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris

Japan's rugby team greets supporters at the end of their rugby union international match against France at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris

France's rugby team coach Guy Noves walks on the field prior to the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris

Japan's Shota Horie, right, scores a try during the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris

Japan's Kotaro Matsushima is tackled by France's Damian Penaud, left, and Francois Trinh Duc, background, during the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Japan almost beats France, draw 23-23 in Paris

Japan's Shota Horie celebrates after scoring a try during the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

France's rugby team coach Guy Noves walks on the field prior to the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Japan's Shota Horie celebrates after scoring a try during the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Japan's rugby team applaud supporters at the end of their rugby union international match against France at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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