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    The All Blacks kick off their European tour against France hoping to brush aside their upset loss to the Wallabies three weeks ago. Catch all the live scores, highlights and action on The Roar from 6:45am (AEDT).

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    Coming into a Test match off the back of a loss.

    The All Blacks went down 23-18 in Brisbane three weeks ago, in what was just their third loss from their last 33 games.

    In better news for the All Blacks though, they’re coming up against a French side who have been deflated by a horror June series in South Africa and off-field pressure on coach Guy Noves and the French Rugby Federation.

    Les Bleus were rolled by the Springboks away from home, losing all three Tests by 23, 22 and 23 points respectively.

    It was a disappointing trip to the Southern Hemisphere for the French having finished equal second in the Six Nations tournament earlier in the year.

    If the odds weren’t against them already, France will head into the game knowing that it’s been eight years since they last beat the All Blacks and are on a 10-game losing streak against the world champions.

    It’s also been 17 years since they beat New Zealand in France, 44 years since they beat them in Paris, and they’ve never beaten them at Stade de France.

    France will have their fourth Test match of the year against South Africa to look forward to after this.

    For New Zealand, they have Scotland to look forward to.

    Team News
    French coach Noves has made a few interesting choices for his line up, picking four uncapped players to make their debut in the starting side.

    Toulon fly-half Anthony Belleau has been called in for his first Test, replacing the injured Camille Lopez who is gone for five months with a leg injury.

    Outside centre Geoffrey Doumayrou, lock Paul Gabrillagues and flanker Judicael Cancoriet are the other three names to make their international debut today.

    Halfback Antoine Dupont is just 20 years old and will get his first starting spot having debuted off the bench against the Springboks back in June.

    Mathieu Bastareaud also comes into the side having not played for the French side since the 2015 World Cup.

    For the All Blacks, coach Steve Hansen will welcome back star five-eighth Beauden Barrett who returns to the side after missing the last Test against the Wallabies.

    Vaea Fifita gets his chance to shine starting in the scrum thanks to the absence of Jerome Kaino who has been sent back to New Zealand with a knee injury.

    Liam Squire won’t be lining up in black either due to illness.

    Rieko Ioane returns to the line-up after recovering from a dislocated finger.

    It’s hard to see the All Blacks losing this one.

    They’ll be fired up after the loss in Brisbane and they’re coming up against a side in disarray at the moment. France will hopefully put up a better fight than they did against the Boks, but unfortunately for them, they have to do it against the best in the world.

    New Zealand to win by 28

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    • 3:43am
      Atlas Ryan said | 3:43am | ! Report

      The All Blacks kick off their European tour against France hoping to brush aside their upset loss to the Wallabies three weeks ago.

      • 5:13am
        Atlas Ryan said | 5:13am | ! Report

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    • 10:44am
      P2R2 said | 10:44am | ! Report

      I think SBW wont figure much more after this year for the ABs……much better to go with ALB and Crotty and a good bunch of other midfielders just champing at the bit …. AB stocks and depth looking good….

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        taylorman said | 12:33pm | ! Report

        Yeah well thats twice hes forgotten what sport hes playing and his team have paid for it.

        • 4:49pm
          Jerry said | 4:49pm | ! Report

          3 times, he managed to get carded in 3 minutes in the RWC 2011 semi remember…

      • 12:19pm
        Jake said | 12:19pm | ! Report

        Ideally he should make a return to the Kiwis thereby lifting the standard of both teams

    • 10:12am
      Drongo said | 10:12am | ! Report

      All the moaning about the referee. No need to ask who is playing.

      • 10:27am
        Mapu said | 10:27am | ! Report

        Get lost egg

      • 11:10am
        robert said | 11:10am | ! Report

        must be the clown wallabies coach the biggest crybaby of the lot ….

      • 12:14pm
        Jacko said | 12:14pm | ! Report

        No need to ask where the ref is from eh Drongo.

      • 1:41pm
        rebel said | 1:41pm | ! Report

        Wrong story Drongo, ref whinging is on the Wallabies tab.

      • 4:48pm
        Drongo said | 4:48pm | ! Report

        Ha, ha, all great responses, up to the usual standard. Sorry to interrupt, go back to your moaning now.

        • 1:54am
          Taylorman said | 1:54am | ! Report

          Thanks Drongo, made my mind up. Turkey for Christmas dinner it is then.

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      Connor Bennett said | 9:06am | ! Report

      A big day of rugby action across the board!!

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      Connor Bennett said | 9:05am | ! Report

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      Connor Bennett said | 9:05am | ! Report


      Barrett converts again to keep his perfect record off the boot today as the final play of the game and New Zealand have knocked off the French 38-18 in Paris in what turned into a highly entertaining affair despite the struggles of the first half.

      New Zealand took a 17-5 lead midway through the first half in a scrapy affair that saw both sides falling a part in the scrum and halding in wet conditions.

      It all fell apart for the French just before the break with the All Blacks landing a double blow with two tries in as many minutes just before halftime.

      It would prove costly in the end in a highly entertaining second half of rugby as the French came flying back into the contest.

      A controversial yellow card and penalty try combo against Sonny Bill Williams had the home side roaring back into the contest.

      Add a pair of penalty goals to the equation and New Zealand’s lead was being reigned in.

      France continued to hammer the All Blacks line but couldn’t make the most of their dominance in the second 40 with the lead in realistic reach.

      New Zealand were kept scoreless in the second half right up until the final seconds, with Naholo crossing once again to start and finish the game on top.

      All Blacks – 38
      France – 18

      • 9:38am
        Brizvegas said | 9:38am | ! Report

        Gardner looked out of his depth at times poor referee.

        • 10:24am
          Mapu said | 10:24am | ! Report

          He was bad .penalty try was a brain melt

          • 10:49am
            garth said | 10:49am | ! Report

            By the entire reffing team.

            • 1:39pm
              rebel said | 1:39pm | ! Report

              No by SBW who thought it was the same laws as league.

        • 11:34am
          waxhead said | 11:34am | ! Report


          Gardner made one ordinary decision with the penalty try otherwise he was excellent.
          And that decision had no bearing on the final result.
          Not often I defend referees but your comment is just silly imo

          • 11:54am
            Harry said | 11:54am | ! Report

            Well said mate. Gardner did a great job controlling what was a time a pretty intense test match. This, from an email from a referee friend of mine:

            Because SBW committed an act of foul play, you look at what would have happened if he wasn’t there. Would have been an easy catch and grounding for Huget, so penalty try is the right decision.

            • 12:17pm
              Jacko said | 12:17pm | ! Report

              Harry the rules do not call it an act of foul play.It is an illegal play

          • 12:03pm
            Jacko said | 12:03pm | ! Report

            1000% disagree Waxhead.He was totally out of his depth and favored the French from the second half whistle. I cant help but think he was spoken to at half time it was such a dramatic change

            • 12:50pm
              Harry said | 12:50pm | ! Report

              This is a quote from Steve Hansen, Jacko:

              “I was surprised until Fozzie (assistant coach Ian Foster) told me the rules. I didn’t realise that, once he committed that foul play, he was then deemed to be invisible. If you commit foul play ingoal you’re not there. Once I understood that, it was obviously going to be a penalty try because [Yoann Huget] might have caught it.”

              Still, whatever you say.

              • 1:03pm
                Chas said | 1:03pm | ! Report

                Didn’t know that either. Pretty clear cut in this case then and not a bad rule IMO.

              • 4:56pm
                Cuw said | 4:56pm | ! Report

                well if that is the case , then i am pretty sure whoever reffed the first game auzzy Taqele Naiyaravoro played in union , ALSO DID NOT KNOW.

                becoz he did the same thing – slapping the ball behind the dead ball line , league style – and it was just a penalty.

                i still remember how Folau was telling him not to do that but just ground the ball.

              • 9:22pm
                Kane said | 9:22pm | ! Report

                Folau’s been caught out too, I remember a Tah’s game where he batted it out five from the line and got carded for it.

          • 12:50pm
            Brizvegas said | 12:50pm | ! Report

            Waxhead it was more than 1 poor decision there were a number of times where he was confusing both teams with his scrum rulings and lineout rulings. That added to the frustrations to both sides and contributed to a fairly disjointed match.

            Gardner is still a ref with his L plates on and it showed. Just my opinion but i was getting confused watching the game definitely not being negative just thought he had a poor game.

          • 4:50pm
            Jerry said | 4:50pm | ! Report

            I thought his worst decision was not pinging Basteraud for hitting ALB high and without the ball – not sure ‘He was gonna pick up the ball’ is an excuse for either offence.

            • 4:58pm
              Cuw said | 4:58pm | ! Report

              i beg to differ – it was the attempted tackle on Read by the hooker who ended up hitting him on the face.

              after looking at it on telly Gardener said there is nothing init.

              those words are contradictory to the World Rugby guidelines that say any tackle above shoulder is a penalty and any head contact is a cardable ( either color). unless u do not consider the face has part of the head !!!

              • 7:02pm
                Jerry said | 7:02pm | ! Report

                The ALB one was worse IMO. Refs give a penalty when a guy ducks into a tackle and gets hit high – ALB was bent at the waist for a good couple of seconds before Basteraud comes in and hits him – and him not having the ball was the icing on the cake. But Gardner – who’d reversed a pen a few minutes earlier cause of an AB retaliating – thought it was best to just talk to the captains and give no pen. Poor call.

              • 9:32pm
                Cuw said | 9:32pm | ! Report

                we can agree to disagree.

                the Read one was a bad call simply becoz the height difference between read and the Hooker.

                The french hooker jumped up to tackle Read and hit his face. not so long ago a tackle like that got Quade Cooper a yellow.

                also i agree that guys get carded for tackling players who duck in or even fall into the tackle BUT

                there is clear guidelines for tackles above shoulder from WR. especially any contact on head is a card – color is up to the ref.

                other wise all the guys who get penalized and even carded in Aviva and top 14 and Champions league and what not have a big case against the refs LOL 🙂

    • 8:59am
      bigbaz said | 8:59am | ! Report

      Thanks CB good call

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      Connor Bennett said | 8:58am | ! Report



      Waisake Naholo crosses in the dying seconds for his second of the day and buries the final nail in the coffin for the French who have faught hard in the second half but it just hasn’t been enough.

      New Zealand were stretching the French defence inside the 22, taking it sideline to sideline and it was simple catch and pass stuff out to Naholo on the right wing who was happily enjoying a double overlap and he once again walks it over the line without a hand on him.

      All Blacks – 38
      France – 18

    • 8:57am
      Taylorman said | 8:57am | ! Report

      Penalty try Gardner? Two clowns in the same play…and neither was french?

      • 9:02am
        cinque said | 9:02am | ! Report

        Think SBW’s next code switch should be his last. Too confusing for the poor guy.
        Gardner decided that the only alternative to the batt back was for him to keep his feet planted and watch the ball sail over his head. Sigh

        • 12:06pm
          Jacko said | 12:06pm | ! Report

          Gardner basically ruled he wasnt there….Still yellow carded him…which was correct……but surely SBW had 20 other possibilities as to what could have happened

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      Connor Bennett said | 8:56am | ! Report


      Line out stolen by France!! But that tap back has an awkward bounce and lands straight back into the hands of the All Blacks.

      They haven’t scored a single point in the second half, could they cross one more time right before the fulltime whistle?

      All Blacks – 31
      France – 18

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