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Internationals | Paris
19:45 (GMT) | 11-11-2017
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Beauden Barrett adds the extras and that brings the game to an end
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New Zealand holding onto the ball nicely, creating the space out wide for Waisake Naholo to go over for a try
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All Blacks line-out inside the French half. The French wins the ball back from the line-out but the ball bounces back to the All Blacks as they continue to apply pressure
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Free-kick won by the New Zealanders at the line-out inside their own half and they opt for the scrum looking to wind down the clock
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Scrum penalty to the All Blacks and they opt for touch
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Another penalty won by the French in front of goal and they opt for the scrum
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The French looks to build an attack from the line-out and they win a penalty and opts for touch
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Free-kick to New Zealand at the scrum and they opt to kick the ball into touch.
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The French looks to attack the midfield but the ball is lost forward and New Zealand gets a scrum inside their own 22
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Scrum to the French as Ioane knocks the ball forward in contact. The French wins a penalty yet another penalty and opts for touch.
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The French continues to apply pressure as they kick the ball high and chase.
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The French loses the ball forward and the pressure is relieved for the Blacks. Scrum on their own 22
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Reversed penalty going in the favour of the French and they opt for touch. Touch found close to the All Blacks 22
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The French with ball in hand and they opt for the kick and look to apply pressure. McKenzie fails to hang onto the ball but Beauden Barrett is there to clear up
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The All Blacks opts for touch and Smith kicks it high looking to put pressure on the French. The French manage to secure the ball but the ball is lost forward soon after
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The French opts for the scrum and they look to take the direct approach of bashing it over but the all Blacks defense manages to keep them out as Todd wins a penalty on the ground
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The French wins the ball back and looks to attack in front of goal. They edge closer and closer before a penalty is awarded to them
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The French wins a penalty and opts for touch. They spread the ball wide from the line-out as Thomas finds space as he goes over the try line but his foot was in touch. All Black line-out on their own 5m
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After the restart the French clears into touch. New Zealand line-out close to the halfway line. The All Blacks looks to build an attack by playing a few phases but the ball is lost forward by an All Black player. Scrum for the French, inside their own half
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Belleau makes sure it goes over
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Penalty wonby France at the scrum and they opt for goal
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At the return of play the French continue to apply pressure as they seem to have found a surge of energy and nothing seems to go right for the men in Black. French scrum on the 22 after a 22 dropout was kicked straight into touch
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Penalty try is awarded after the ref went upstairs to check
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The French suddenly finds some momentum as they break through the middlle of the All Black defense. They try a cross-kick but the ball is punched behind the dead ball line by Sonny Bill Williams who is sent of with a yellow card
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At the restart the French wins a penalty and opts for touch. They get a line-out close to the halfway line as they get they get the driving maul going
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Anthony Belleau lines it up and kicks it over
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The 2nd half gets on the way and the French wins an early penalty and opts for goal

Half Time

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Beauden Barrett addsthe extras and that brings the 1st half to an end
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After the restart the All Blacks seem to have found a different energy as the spread the ball wide and the ball finds Sam Cane in Space who dives over for a try
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Barrett adds the extras
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The All Blacks attacking in front of gaol and edging closer they find some space with a SBW kick and Ryan Crotty goes over for a try
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Slimani is shown a yellow card
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Scrum reset. The All Blacks wins another penalty at the scrum
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Scrum reset. The All Blacks looking to attack the midfield as they build a couple of phases. They go wide and find some space but ball is passed forward and France gets a scrum deep inside their own half
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The French with ball in hand and building a couple of phases before the ball is lost forward
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After the restart possession changes hands a couple of times. New Zealand makes use of the boot but the ball goes over the try and France dots it down
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The conversion is missed by Anthony Belleau
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The line-out is short by France and they look to build an attack of their own. They get the ball wide and Teddy Thomas goes over for a try
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At the return of play the FRench wins a penalty on the oppositions 10 and they opt for touch
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Barrett adds the extras
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The Ref plays advantage again as the All Blacks spreads the ball wide. The ball finds Waisake Naholo out wide who goes over for a try
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Another penalty won by the All Blacks and again they opt for the scrum trying to put pressure on the French scrum
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The All Blacks attacks the blindside and they put in a grubber kick which is chased down but the French defender gets there 1st and dots it down over their try line but the ball was carried over so it's an All Black scrum. The Blacks wins a scrum penalty and again opts to scrum
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After the restart possession changes hand and the All Blacks wins a scrum
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Barrett kicks it through the middle
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Barrett finds touch deep inside the 22. The All Blacks looks take to take on the midfield, They win a penalty in front of goal and opts for poles.
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The French attacking and creating some space wide but they concede a penalty at the break down
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After the restart the All Blacks is back on the attack, creating some space on the left flank. The ball is won back by France who clears into touch
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Beauden Barrett adds the extras
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The All Blacks attacking inches away from the goal line. Dane Coles runs a beautiful line to go over for a try
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5m scrum for the All Blacks. Smith feeds and he looks to run off the back but is caught by a couple of French defenders
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Sonny Bill Williams creates some space wide with his offload and the All Blacks manages to go over the try line but the ball is held up.
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The Blacks finding a bit of momentum with their phase play as they are pushing forward
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The ball is lost by the French at the line-out and soon after that the Blacks wins a penalty and opts for touch
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Les Blues opts for the scrum and they win a penalty at the scrum and opts for touch
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The French looks to maul from the line-out but the All Blacks defense forces a turn-over. Scrum New Zealand ball. Free-kick at the scrum to France
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New Zealand gets the 1st half on the waywith a relatively deep kick-off. The French secures the ball and wins a penalty at the break down. France opts for touch
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Referee Angus Gardner will be in charge of the whistle in this fixture. The palyers are doing their final preparations before taking to the field
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Players to look out for in the French line-up will have to be Nans Ducuing, Mathieu Bastareaud and Louis Picamoles while New Zealand will expect strong performances by Damian McKenzie, Beauden Barrett and Sam Cane
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FRANCE have the unenviable task of hosting the All Blacks as New Zealand open their autumn international campaign in Paris.The French were comprehensively beaten by South Africa in three summer internationals and will need something extra special to see off the All Blacks. But they are human - and did go down 23-18 to Australia in October. The All Blacks tackle hosts France at the Stade de France in Paris, 100 years since more than 13,000 New Zealanders were killed and another 35,000 injured in fighting on the Western Front during the First World War. “It’s a great day to be playing rugby — Armistice Day — and it’s really important for us to put in a good showing,” said Read of the day in 1918 when the Great War ended on the Western Front. “A lot of New Zealanders lost their lives and a lot of them are still (buried) here in France. We really want to respect that and we’re looking forward to it.” More than 100,000 New Zealanders out of a then population of just one million served in some capacity in the First World War, with almost 17,000 dying in total across the different theatres with more than 41,000 injured. Quite apart from marking that special occasion, Read is simply keen for his teammates to put on a good showing, particularly coming just three weeks after their second defeat of 2017, 23-18 to Australia in Brisbane.
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Welcome to Stade de France, Paris where France will take on New Zealand in this international rugby fixture
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Jefferson Poirot
  • 2 Guilhem Guirado
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • 5 Paul Gabrillagues
  • 6 Judicael Cancoriet
  • 7 Kevin Gourdon
  • 8 Louis Picamoles
  • 9 Antoine Dupont
  • 10 Anthony Belleau
  • 11 Yoann Huget
  • 12 Mathieu Bastareaud
  • 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou
  • 14 Teddy Thomas
  • 15 Nans Ducuing
RESERVES
  • 16 Clement Maynadier
  • 17 Raphael Chaume
  • 18 Daniel Kotze
  • 19 Paul Jedrasiak
  • 20 Anthony Jelonch
  • 21 Baptiste Serin
  • 22 Francois Trinh-Duc
  • 23 Damien Penaud
START LINE UP
  • 1 Kane Hames
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Luke Romano
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Vaea Fifita
  • 7 Sam Cane
  • 8 Kieran Read
  • 9 Aaron Smith
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Reiko Loane
  • 12 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 13 Ryan Crotty
  • 14 Waisake Naholo
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Codie Taylor
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 19 Scott Barrett
  • 20 Matt Todd
  • 21 TJ Perenara
  • 22 Lima Sopoaga
  • 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.
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PREVIEW: France v New Zealand

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:11

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: New Zealand Prop Nepo Laulala will have something to prove when he lines up against France on Saturday after being told last year that he would never play rugby again.

The 26-year-old tighthead suffered a knee injury in 2016 that not only interrupted his 10-Test international career but almost brought the curtain down on his playing days.

Now the Samoan-born Chiefs front-rower is determined to show he's a better player than he was before his injury.

"It was really tough, I actually didn't really think I'd get back here," he admitted.

"It didn't really help because my doctor told me he didn't think I'd play again.

"I had to get over that. It was a tough road back."

But the desire to silence the doubters was one of the main motivating factors.

"It was a massive injury, I think it was one of worst he [the doctor] has ever seen - that's not really a thing you want to hear from your doctor.

"I wanted to prove that I could make it back; I wanted to prove that doctor wrong; I was really angry after that; after that I never saw him again!"

Laulala will be cheered on at the Stade de France by his All Black international brother Casey, 35, who now plays his club rugby in Paris for Racing 92 after spells at Cardiff Blues and Munster.

"It's always good to see Casey, we hardly see him back home. We've been catching up the past couple of days," said Nepo Laulala.

"He was always there for me, he always texts me, gives me little messages that keep me up. He's helped me through heaps, he's part of my main reason of choosing this pathway, trying to make it big.

"He paved the way for my career, he's been a big part of my career, definitely. He made us believe it's possible to achieve it.

"Growing up in the island [in Samoa], we're very casual there, we don't really do [much], almost too casual!

"He just made us believe we're capable of more than what we think."

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen believes Laulala will bring mobility and athleticism to his pack against the French, who the All Blacks beat, 24-19, a year ago in the same stadium.

"He's another one who's got a bit of understanding about what's needed," said Hansen.

"He's a reasonable athlete - you can only use the word reasonable for props, you can't say they're great athletes in the sense of running around the park.

"They're great athletes when it comes to scrummaging and lifting. He does that part of his game really well."

France coach Guy Noves caused a stir on Thursday when naming a new and young halfback pairing in 20-year-old scrumhalf Antoine Dupont, who will make his first start after just three substitute appearances, and 21-year-old debutant flyhalf Anthony Belleau.

But he also raised a few eyebrows by bringing heavyweight centre Mathieu Bastareaud back into the starting XV for his first cap since the World Cup, when he was part of the team humiliated 13-62 by New Zealand in the quarterfinals.

"The choices have been made based on the potential at our disposition," said Noves, whose side have won only three of eight Tests this year.

"When you have, I think, 18 players injured, you take into account the form and the physical preparation - we didn't have any other options than these."

New Zealand centre Ryan Crotty for one is looking forward to facing Bastareaud again, saying it would be a "tough battle" but "pretty exciting".

"We played against each other at age group level, a good couple of years ago, he was just as big then as he is now!"

Players to watch:

For France: Mathieu Bastareaud returns to the French midfield and he has the power and physicality to trouble the All Blacks if he gets going. No.8 Louis Picamoles is a versatile player up front and he will be the go-to man to get the French over the advantage line. France also have a real talent on the bench in the form of Damian Penaud. It is a shame he is not starting.

For New Zealand: Take your pick! Damian McKenzie was fantastic in the No.15 jersey in the Rugby Championship, while Rieko Ioane is a try-scoring machine on the wing. No.8 and captain Kieran Read always gives his all for his team and keep an eye on No.6 Vaea Fifita, who is an outstanding young talent with a lot of pace and raw power.

Head to head: Anthony Belleau will be making his debut in the No.10 jersey for France and his opposite number is none other than Beauden Barrett. It will be interesting to see if Belleau can give his side direction. Louis Picamoles and Kieran Read are both important players for their respective sides and they offer a lot from the No.8 position. There is also set to be some big collisions in the midfield when Mathieu Bastareaud and Sonny Bill Williams go at each other.

Recent results:
2016: New Zealand won 24-19, Paris
2015: New Zealand won 62-13, Cardiff (World Cup quarterfinal)
2013: New Zealand won 26-19, Paris
2013: New Zealand won 24-9, New Plymouth
2013: New Zealand won 30-0, Christchurch
2013: New Zealand won 23-13, Auckland
2011: New Zealand won 8-7, Auckland (World Cup Final)
2011: New Zealand won 37-17, Auckland (World Cup pool match)
2009: New Zealand won 39-12, Marseille

Prediction: The All Blacks have selected their strongest possible team, while France are missing a number of players through injury. The All Blacks will win by 20 points or more

France: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Remplacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Raphael Chaume, 16 Daniel Kotze, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Damian Penaud.

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Kick-off: 20.45 (19.45 GMT; 08.45 NZ Time, Sunday, November 12)
Expected weather: There will be some light rain with a temperature around 8°C
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Tom Foley (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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Crotty scores All Blacks' 2000th try in France romp

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 15:35

MATCH REPORT: New Zealand wracked up their 2000th international try and threatened to hand France a sound thrashing before a second-half rally limited them to a 38-18 win in Paris on Saturday.

Ryan Crotty chalked up the landmark score as four first-half tries - the others from Dane Coles, Waisake Naholo and Sam Cane - gave the All Blacks a 31-5 half-time lead on Armistice Day.

Teddy Thomas crossed for France on his return to the fold after a two-year absence while a penalty try helped close the gap before Naholo grabbed his second in the final minute to prevent New Zealand from being kept scoreless after the break.

Beauden Barrett kicked a perfect six from six from a 13-point personal haul for the visitors.

Despite a spirited second half fightback from the hosts, there was no masking the gulf in class less than two years out from the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

But after a thoroughly one-sided first half, France's only consolation is that they didn't succumb to a record defeat - their 10-61 reverse in Wellington in 2007 retains that dubious honour. 

New Zealand gave notice of their intent on their first possession as a brilliant one-handed offload after contact from Sonny-Bill Williams set up a chance on the very next phase for the centre, but he was held up over the line by prop Jefferson Poirot.

Yet right from the resulting scrum typically quick passing and a clever line run by Coles saw the hooker go through a gap to score the opening try of the game.

France were struggling to contain New Zealand's rapid brand of running rugby and were frequently scrambling in defence deep inside their own 22.

Barrett kicked a penalty to add to his earlier conversion and after his chip ahead forced France to carry the ball over their own line, New Zealand had a five-metre scrum.

France were creaking and following a series of scrums, a long mispass from Barrett found Naholo in acres of space to stroll over for the second try.

Coles went off with what seemed a knee injury and France struck back immediately, kicking a penalty to the corner and then firing the ball out to the right for Thomas to dive over.

France's expected pack dominance didn't materialise and six minutes before half-time tighthead prop Rabah Slimani was sin-binned after collapsing a scrum for the third time, while loosehead Poirot went off for a concussion protocol.

New Zealand needed little more encouragement and a brilliant Rugby League style grubber from Williams was touched down by Crotty for the All Blacks' 2000th international try.

There was still time before the break for a passage of stunningly quick and slick passing to send Cane over, with Barrett's conversion giving the tourists a huge half-time lead.

France came out fired up for the second period and after an Anthony Belleau penalty, they were denied a try following a scything break from livewire scrumhalf Antoine Dupont by Williams deliberately batting the ball out of play in the New Zealand end zone.

But he copped a yellow card and France were awarded a penalty try.

France had their tails up and after another Belleau penalty, Thomas was denied a second try after his right foot grazed the touchline.

They had a period of pressure close to the New Zealand line but the All Blacks held out with Williams now back on the field and there was a palpable sense that the hosts had let their one chance slip through the fingers.

It proved the case as Naholo had the final word.

Man of the match: Scrumhalf Antoine Dupont was magnificent and he deserves the award.

Moment of the match: Sonny Bill Williams' deliberate slap down, which got him a yellow card and gave France a penalty try, made things a lot more interesting in Paris

Villain of the match: No one

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Thomas, Penalty try
Pens: Belleau 2

For New Zealand:
Tries: Coles, Naholo 2, Crotty, Cane
Cons: B Barrett 5
Pen: B Barrett

Yellow cards: Rabah Slimani (France, 35 - repeated infringements, collapsing the scrum); Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand, 47 - cynical play)

France: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Remplacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Raphael Chaume, 16 Daniel Kotze, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 22 Damian Penaud.

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Tom Foley (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

AFP & @rugby365com

Teddy Thomas (26min)
TRIES
Dane Coles (8min), Waisake Naholo (21min), Ryan Crotty (35min), Sam Cane (38min), and Waisake Naholo (79min)
 
CONVERSIONS
Beauden Barrett (9min), Beauden Barrett (22min), Beauden Barrett (36min), Beauden Barrett (40min), and Beauden Barrett (80min)
Anthony Belleau (42min) and Anthony Belleau (51min)
PENALTIES
Beauden Barrett (16min)
47min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Rabah Slimani (34min)
Sonny Bill Williams (46min)
 
 
VENUE Paris
REFEREE Angus Gardner