There’s a history of anti-climactic France v New Zealand clashes and there’s also a history of France upsetting All Black sides in fine form.
New Zealand coach John Plumtree admits that fly-half Beauden Barrett may be absent for their Autumn Nations Series encounter with France.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane has told the young players in the team to learn from the unique experience of facing Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
Ireland dominate our team after their victory over New Zealand, while South Africa also have healthy representation after they beat Scotland.
France’s Antoine Dupont, England’s Maro Itoje and Australia’s Michael Hooper and Samu Kerevi are the nominees for World Player of the Year.
South Africa have overtaken New Zealand at the top of the World Rugby rankings after their win over Scotland and the All Blacks’ loss to Ireland.
Ian Foster expects an improved performance from the All Blacks when they face France in their Autumn Nations Series clash on Saturday.
France made it two wins from two in the Autumn Nations Series after they overcame Georgia 41-15 at the Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux.
Highlights from France v Georgia in the Autumn Nations Series.
The team news ahead of this weekend’s Autumn Nations Series games.