Event Details


All Blacks v France


8:45 AM


French hulk may return against All Blacks

French bad boy Mathieu Bastareaud, who famously claimed to have been beaten up after a Test in Wellington when touring with France in 2009, will possibly play against the All Blacks in Saturday's Test after a two-year absence from international rugby.
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French lessons burn deep for All Blacks

Respect for French capabilities continues for the All Blacks ahead of their Test in Paris on Sunday (NZT).
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Laporte applies the pressure on France

French rugby boss, and former coach, Bernard Laporte hasn't only upset World Rugby authorities over his criticism of the process to decide the 2023 World Cup host but he's put the pressure on France's internationals by demanding three wins from four of their November Tests.
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All Blacks keen to show improved edge

Losing to Australia was one thing but the quality of the performance was what disappointed most and the All Blacks would be looking to fix that against France in Paris on Sunday (NZT).
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All Blacks close to achieving goals

Continuing their never-ending goal for improvement, the All Blacks would be looking to achieve some elusive aspects of their game plan when meeting France on Sunday (NZT) in Paris.
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SBW reflects on his French connection

Sonny Bill Williams hasn't played France since the All Blacks' 62-13 win in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter final in Paris but he is expecting a tough Test at Stade de France on Sunday (NZT).
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French players talk of respect for NZ players

Respect for the All Blacks has always been part of the relationship between French and New Zealand rugby and two players expected to play in Sunday's (NZT) Test, centre Mathieu Bastareaud and halfback Anthony Belleau have described the effect of All Black teammates at Toulon.
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Zinzan Brooke: Do not underestimate France

I've been spending a bit of time with some of the New Zealand Rugby top brass and the 1987 French side here in Paris for one of the biggest nights on the French Rugby calendar.
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Propping strengths have been an All Blacks bonus

New Zealand's ability to produce quality front-row forwards had been well tested this year but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he was pleased with the way players stood up when given their chances.
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French lessons of 2016 have been absorbed

Memories of last year's 24-19 win over France will be a useful reminder of the task ahead of the All Blacks in Sunday's (NZT) repeat game in Paris.
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