France unveil RWC kit

Date published: August 20 2015

France have unveiled their official kit for the Rugby World Cup featuring a pattern inspired by Jean-Pierre Rives.

The former French flanker turned sculptor designed 'les rubans de la mémoire', which translates as the 'ribbons of memory', which features on the chest of the jersey.

There is also a text on the inside of the shirt from Rives which says: "The ribbons of memory are at the centre of our origins and the start of all hope. Each individual has a unique experience which forms part of our community and the history of these communities is the memory of a nation."

Aside from that pattern, and the addition of the World Cup logo, the jersey is identical to the one worn by les Bleus during the November Tests and the Six Nations.

That means the dark blue bands on the sleeves remain, a nod to the kit worn in 1995 when France reached the semi-finals of the World Cup before losing to hosts South Africa.