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New Zealand aim to bounce back from a stunning loss to Ireland as they travel to France to take on Les Bleus to round out the Autumn Nations Series.
The All Blacks went down in Dublin despite leading at the interval, succumbing to an inspired Irish display with Joey Carbery’s boot enough for the hosts to resist late drama as Ian Foster’s side rallied late.
While France outclassed Georgia and will now look to step it up to reveal their level against a smarting All Blacks side, who expect the hosts to produce their traditional style of set-piece dominance, mauls and flair in the backline. Captain Sam Whitelock said: “We’ve had a really good week. Hopefully that means we show up on Saturday. They (France) are a smart side and they will stick to their strengths, but at the same time they will have looked at the last four or five games we have played and come up with a plan.
“Starving us of the ball worked for the Irish and they will probably use that tactic to some degree. France play a different style to all the other teams we have played. They have picked a big, strong team and I think they will play with a lot of mauls and scrums. We need to match that French flair that comes from their set-piece.”
Follow live updates, build-up, analysis and reaction from the Stade de France – PLUS the conclusion of Wales vs Australia from Cardiff:
TRY! France 12-7 New Zealand (NTAMACK 13’)
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 20:13
France 7-6 New Zealand
12 mins: Damian Penaud spins away from a tackle to gain good ground from France, France are back in the New Zealand 22!
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 20:13
France 7-6 New Zealand (J Barrett pen 9’)
France go long at the lineout but the throw goes too long and Savea makes the break following a Coles offload.
France then concede the penalty for being offside and New Zealand take another kick at goal, as Barrett hits his second penalty in quick succession.
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 20:11
Jack Rathborn20 November 2021 20:09
France 7-3 New Zealand (J Barrett pen 7’)
France make some big tackles following the restart as New Zealand look to carry – but the play comes back after France committed a penalty at the breakdown.
Jordie Barrett gets the All Blacks off the board from 35 yards or so. He made that look pretty simple.
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 20:08
TRY! France 7-0 New Zealand (Mauvaka 2′)
What a start for the hosts! From the lineout, France gather the ball and the maul is powered over the line by Peato Mauvaka!
And wow, the conversion from full-back Melvyn Jaminet is sublime from the touchline. France are seven up inside four minutes.
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 20:04
France 0-0 New Zealand
1 min: Ntamack makes a break and that raises the noise levels in the Stade de France! He finds his half-back partner Antoine Dupont, but New Zealand slow France down.
Jonathan Danty goes for the kick through but Jordie Barrett gets across and then kicks for touch, but the All Blacks are back in their own corner!
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 20:03
KICK OFF! France 0-0 New Zealand
Wayne Barnes gets us underway in Paris! George Bridge collects for New Zealand – who are not in black tonight.
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 20:01
France vs New Zealand
New Zealand will look to get back to winning ways when they face France in Paris.
The All Blacks were humbled by Ireland in Dublin last weekend as the hosts secured a memorable victory, while France defeated Georgia 41-15.
It’s been 21 years since France last beat New Zealand on home soil and Les Blues have lost their last 14 matches against tonight’s opponents – including the 2011 World Cup final.
The All Blacks are without star fly-half Beauden Barrett due to concussion protocols while Romain Ntamack returns to number 10 for the French in place of Matthieu Jalibert.
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:56
Full time: Wales 29-28 Australia
Wayne Pivac says he is satisfied with his side’s performances this month. “We’ve build depth and we look forward to welcoming back our experienced internationals,” he says. Alun Wyn Jones, Ken Owens and George North are just some of the players on Wales’ lengthy injury list.
We now head over to Paris for live updates of the final match of the Autumn Nations Series – it’s France vs New Zealand.
Jamie Braidwood20 November 2021 19:54