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All Blacks vs France: Test rugby union live scores, blog

9th June, 2018
Where: Eden Park, Auckland
When: 5:35pm (AEST)
TV: Live, Fox Sports
Betting: New Zealand $1.02, France $15

New Zealand
15 Jordie Barrett
14 Ben Smith
13 Anton Lienert-Brown
12 Ryan Crotty
11 Rieko Ioane
10 Beauden Barrett
9 Aaron Smith
8 Luke Whitelock
7 Sam Cane
6 Liam Squire
5 Scott Barrett
4 Samuel Whitelock (c)
3 Owen Franks
2 Codie Taylor
1 Joe Moody

16 Nathan Harris
17 Karl Tu'inukuafe
18 Ofa Tuungafasi
19 Vaea Fifita
20 Ardie Savea
21 TJ Perenara
22 Damian McKenzie
23 Ngani Laumape


France
15 Maxime Medard
14 Teddy Thomas
13 Mathieu Bastareaud (c)
12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
11 Remy Grosso
10 Anthony Belleau
9 Morgan Parra
8 Kevin Gourdon
7 Fabien Sanconnie
6 Judicael Cancoriet
5 Yoann Maestri
4 Paul Gabrillagues
3 Uini Antonio
2 Camille Chat
1 Dany Priso

16 Adrien Pelissie
17 Cyril Baille
18 Rabah Slimani
19 Bernard Le Roux
20 Alexandre Lapandry
21 Baptiste Serin
22 Jules Plisson
23 Gael Fickou
Ben Smith has played no small part in the All Blacks' success. (AAP Image/SNPA, Dianne Manson)
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Match result:

The All Blacks have beaten the French at Eden Park 52-11 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series in a game that really was sadly too strongly impacted by a few key refereeing decisions.

» Click here to read the full match report

Final score
New Zealand 52
France 11

Match preview:

The June series kicks off as the All Blacks look to defend their incredible record at Eden Park against France in Game 1 of a three-match series. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST).

French rugby is improving under their new coach, Jacques Brunel.

Known for running hot and cold, Brunel has turned France into one of the most effective defensive units in world rugby.

The early benefits of this were seen in the Six Nations, with a good win against England, while they were actually leading as the final hooter sounded against champions Ireland.

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Sadly, the French will be hampered by some injuries to key players. Fans won’t get to see the likes of skipper Guilhem Guirado, Virimi Vakatawa, Francois Trinh-Duc, Yoann Huget, Maxime Machenaud, Lionel Beauxis or Brice Dulin – some significant talent missing.

Morgan Parra will bring experience and skill though, as he returns at #9, and the French have some real danger players including Teddy Thomas, who is able to score from anywhere and the All Blacks will need to make sure they don’t switch off for a second.

For the All Blacks, Kieran Read and Sonny Bill Williams are big omissions. SBW hasn’t had the season that he’d have wanted so far thanks to injury but he’s a proven performer.

The selection of Jordie Barrett at fullback, moving Ben Smith to the wing, gives some indication that Steve Hansen is expecting plenty of aerial bombardment. Jordie is tall and solid under the high ball and Smith is ever dependable.

Prediction
The French will have to play the game of their lives to trouble the home side.

After a bit of a rocky 2017, the All Blacks will want to impress from the first whistle. A scary prospect.

New Zealand to win by 18.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST).

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