France captain Thierry Dusautoir admits he is eager to banish the memory of his side's World Cup final defeat to the All Blacks.
The French went down 8-7 in the finale of the showpiece event in 2011 and return to New Zealand soil for the first time since the defeat this June as they take on the All Blacks in a three-Test series.
Eighteen months on, Dusautoir concedes that the best team won the final but that he is of course is keen to prove the tables have now turned.
"When we remember this moment there are feelings of both [up and down]," he said.
"If I have to be honest the All Blacks were the best team of the World Cup. We had a great game that day but the best team won."
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre was a member of the last French team to have secured a series win in New Zealand, all the way back in 1994.
"Maybe it will have the same chance and we'll be able to win at least one match," Dusautoir commented of his coach's success.
"There's going to be a lot of young guys getting their first cap against the All Blacks. It's not easy but I'm sure they're going to give their best," he added.