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Ahead of the 2014 Six Nations tournament which kicks off on February 14, here is the first of a country-by-country breakdown of each team, beginning with 2013 wooden-spooners France.

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2013 certainly hasn’t been a good rugby year for France. Prior to the Six Nations they were playing good rugby in last year’s end of year Tests.

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The Wallabies will play France in three Tests next year at Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, the Australian Rugby Union has confirmed.

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After a warmup against Japan last week, the All Blacks begin their European Tour with a Test against France in Paris. Join us for live scores from 7.00am AEDT.

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Thierry Dusautoir can’t contain his delight at being back in the France squad for next month’s tests against New Zealand, Tonga and South Africa.

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The All Blacks can close out a clean sweep in their series against France when the two sides meet for the third-and-final Test in New Plymouth tonight. We’ll have live scores from 5.35pm AEST.

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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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