All Black centre Ryan Crotty has labelled France counterpart Wesley Fofana as a massive threat when the two side’s meet on Saturday.
Crotty said Fofana was dangerous with ball in hand, so the All Blacks need to apply as much pressure as possible.
“He’s good when he’s got time on the ball as most mid-fielders are but taking his time and space away can make it a bit more difficult for him,” he told allblacks.com.
Crotty’s team-mate Beauden Barrett said that the French were an unpredictable side and that they will have to be at their best to thwart the French attacking effort.
“They’re an exciting side with a lot of athletes in their team so you’ve got to be ready for that,” he explained.
“Expect the unexpected you always say when you come up against these guys and they are big and fast across the park so our defensive systems are going to have to be pretty sharp on Saturday.
“When you come up north you face different opposition and a different style of rugby and we’ve seen that with Italy and Ireland respectively. It’s good for us with what’s around the corner.”