France must withstand the fury of a wounded New Zealand when they meet in their last rugby test of the year on Sunday, two years before facing off at the same venue in the opening game of the Rugby World Cup.
Sunday morning’s showdown at Stade de France will either shake the self-belief of Fabien Galthie’s resurgent side or condemn the All Blacks to a rare second-straight loss after last weekend’s 29-20 defeat in Ireland.
“These boys are a very proud bunch, and they love this jersey more than anything,” New Zealand assistant coach John Plumtree said. “When they feel that perhaps they’ve let it down it upsets them, and that will turn to hurt and anger. The best way to channel all that is to use it as fuel for the game.”
France will be looking to end 11 years of hurt against the All Blacks when they face a wounded New Zealand side in Paris tonight.
Les Bleus have not defeated the All Blacks in 14 matches, and it’s been 21 years since they last recorded a victory over New Zealand on home soil.
How to catch the action
The Herald will provide All Blacks vs France live updates. You can catch live commentary of the match on Newstalk ZB, Gold AM and iHeartRadio.
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 8am on Sunday. If you want to watch the match online, you can stream the game live via Sky Sport Now.
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All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Quinn Tupaea, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane, Akira Ioane, Sam Whitelock (capt), Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.
Reserves: Samisoni Taukei’aho, George Bower, Ofa Tuungafasi, Tupou Vaa’i, Shannon Frizell, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, David Havili.
France: Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud, Gael Fickou, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Roman Ntamack, Antoine Dupont (captain); Gregory Alldritt, Anthony Jelonch, Francois Cros, Paul Willemse, Cameron Woki, Uini Atonio, Peato Mauvaka, Cyril Baille. Reserves: Gaetan Barlot, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Thibaud Flament, Dylan Cretin, Maxime Lucu, Matthieu Jalibert.
Last five tests
2016: All Blacks 24, France 19, Paris
2017: All Blacks 38, France 18, Paris
2018: All Blacks 52, France 11, Auckland
2018: All Blacks 26, France 13, Wellington
2018: All Blacks 49, France 14, Dunedin
All Blacks: $1.45
Points start: -5.5 All Blacks