Retallick wary of unpredictable France

Date published: November 22 2016

New Zealand are expecting a backlash from France after last year's World Cup quarter-final when the teams meet on Saturday.

Brodie Retallick said if the roles had been reversed – the All Blacks beat France 62-13 at last year's tournament – the Kiwis would still be hurting from a defeat like that.

"Obviously playing in France they would like to upset the All Blacks again, they always do, and I've got no doubt it is probably in the back of their minds and it will be something they touch on this week," he said.

New Zealand and France have a rich history between them. While the All Blacks had the better of France last year, it was the French who eliminated them from the 2007 World Cup with a narrow victory in the quarters.

"There's no way we can cut any corners this week…it's another important week this week," Retallick said.

He believes the win in Dublin had shown their capacity to make a lot of tackles and that their defensive system was good.

"To make that many tackles and to get off the line the way we did showed good character and that we were working hard for each other. We've just had our review and we want to find ways we can play some attacking rugby and to hold the ball. That's something we'll be looking to do this weekend," he said.