Posts Tagged "France Rugby"

The All Blacks say variety in attack will be needed to beat France for a third time, believing a kick-heavy approach won’t work again.

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The contrast in experience will be a feature of the final rugby Test between the All Blacks and France in New Plymouth and no more so than in the respective halves combinations.

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Coach Steve Hansen took personal pride in a record-setting defensive display as the All Blacks whitewashed France 30-0 in the second Test at Christchurch to clinch the three-Test series.

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After a scratchy performance at Eden Park last weekend, the All Blacks will be out to step it up when they meet France in Christchurch this evening. We’ll have live scores from 5.35pm AEST.

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France have made four changes to their starting 15 for the second Test against the All Blacks, among them the inclusion of the experienced Frederic Michalak at five-eighth.

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The All Blacks will look to refine their game, rather than make any significant changes, as they prepare for the second Test against France in Christchurch.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen admits it was ugly at times but says the 23-13 first Test win over France has given the side a foundation for the rest of the series.

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The All Blacks play their first Test of 2013 when they meet France at Eden Park tonight. We’ll have live scores from 5.30pm AEST.

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The All Blacks are bracing for a rugged battle up front when they take on France in the first rugby Test in Auckland on Saturday night.

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Champion playmaker Dan Carter has again been forced by injury to miss an All Blacks Test against France, conceding the No.10 jersey to Aaron Cruden for Saturday’s first Test at Eden Park.

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France international prop David Attoub’s chances of making the squad for June’s tour of New Zealand suffered a serious blow as he told AFP Saturday he looked set to be out till possibly the beginning of June.

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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has responded to consecutive defeats to Italy and Wales in the Six Nations championship by making five changes to the squad to face Grand Slam contenders England at Twickenham.

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French coach Philippe Saint-Andre conceded his side had no hope of winning rugby’s Six Nations title, but said their goal was to win respect following their 16-6 defeat to Wales.

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Former skipper Thierry Dusautoir has been recalled to the France team that will open its Six Nations campaign against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

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Here is the first fearless prediction from the non-gambling Bondi Junction Greek: France will win the 2013 Six Nations tournament.

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Lock Pascal Pape will stay as captain of France for the Six Nations tournament despite the return to the squad of Thierry Dusautoir, coach Philippe Saint-Andre announced on Friday.

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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has urged his players to embrace the challenge of defeating two top rugby teams on successive weekends.

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It wasn’t quite Armistice Day in Paris when the France-Australia Test kicked off, and while it was by Australian time, there really wasn’t anything worth remembering in Les Bleus’ 33-6 thumping of the Wallabies.

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“Bonjour et bienvenue au retour les bleus royale – hello and welcome back the royal blues”.

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The Wallabies starting XV that will line up in Saturday’s 2012 Spring Tour opener against France has been named, with Sekope Kepu and Kane Douglas rewarded with starting spots after strong Bledisloe Cup performances from the bench.

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