All Blacks without trio against France

Date published: November 20 2016

New Zealand will be without Ben Smith and Sam Cane for their game against France while Patrick Tuipulotu has flown home for personal reasons.

Full-back Smith suffered a broken finger on Saturday against Ireland while flanker Cane has a high ankle sprain, the All Blacks announced.

Both players are ruled out of the upcoming game against les Bleus while the loss of second-row Tuipulotu hurts New Zealand’s depth at lock.