Romania's rugby fortunes have been intrinsically linked with France, both on and off the pitch, giving coach Daniel Santamans cause for optimism ahead of the World Cup.

The greatest moment in the Oaks' rugby history came on French soil in 1990 when they managed to record a shock 12-6 win over France at the Stade du Moulias, in Auch.

Santamans, a Frenchman and a former hooker for Toulouse, says his team, the majority of whom play their club rugby in France, can use that result for inspiration heading into the World Cup.

'Of course today's games are very different from those victories acquired in the earlier years,' Santamans said.

'Things have changed a great deal in rugby in Romania and because of various factors the game has not evolved at the same rate and to the same extent here as with the other international teams.

'But the players can use the spirit of victory from that winning game period to inspire them to perform well in the tournament.'