COACH Philippe Saint Andre is firm in his belief that France improved during the Six Nations despite finishing last for the first time since 1999.
The 2011 World Cup runners-up ended their campaign with a 23-16 home win against Scotland, which was not sufficient for them to avoid the wooden spoon.
France lost three of their five matches and Saint Andre said the improvements were not reflected in the results.
"We dominated, we created opportunities but we lacked efficiency," Saint-Andre said.
"Once we get that efficiency, we could be a very nice team in 2015 in the World Cup. And we have really improved during this tournament – not in terms of results, obviously.
"We have started to build something. We have very young centres (Mathieu Bastareaud and Wesley Fofana, 24 and 25 ), but also (wing turned fullback) Yoann Huget (25), who is coming of age at the highest level."