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Saturday 26th November 20:00 GMT


France will be looking for their first victory over the World Champion All Blacks since they triumphed in Dunedin 27-22 in June 2009, when they entertain New Zealand at the Stade de France in Paris. France had a comfortable enough start to their Autumn series, when they beat Samoa by 52-8 in Toulouse, but were beaten in a thrilling fixture last weekend by the Wallabies who sneaked a 25-23 win, the two sides scoring three tries each. Les Bleus have had an inconsistent 2016. Starting the 6-Nations with narrow wins against Italy and Ireland in Paris, they then proceeded to lose the next three fixtures in the tournament. They then travelled to Argentina, where they shared a two game series 1-1.

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The last time the France faced the All Blacks, was in Cardiff at the quarter-final stage of the 2015 World Cup, when they were humiliated by 13-62. The All Blacks began their Autumn tour with a loss to Ireland in Chicago. The 29-40 loss bringing an end to their record breaking sequence of 18 straight international victories. Arriving in Europe, they thrashed Italy in Rome by 68-10, before gaining revenge over the Irish in Dublin last weekend. In a physically bruising encounter, the All Blacks ran out 21-9 winners. New Zealand who have never been beaten in an international by Ireland on Irish soil, will be defending an unbeaten record on European soil since they were defeated by England at Twickenham in 2012.

Posted: 9th November 2013


French coach, Philippe Saint Andre, has selected his ninth different half back pairing since the 2012 six-nations for the international against the All Blacks on Saturday in Paris. On this occasion, the coach has opted for Morgan Parra and Remi Tales as his preferred combination, as he searches for his first win as coach against the current World Champions, who have won every match they have played during 2013. Clermont's Parra missed the summer tour to New Zealand, as he was being rested after a long season, in which his club had challenged for Heineken Cup and domestic honors. At 24 years of age, Parra can already boast of 51 caps for his country, but is returning from a ban received for punching an opponent in a Top 14 game. Tales is preferred to Toulouse's Jean Marc Doussain, who is dropped to the bench, after playing in the 24-9 loss to the All Blacks in New Plymouth in June. Saint-André explained that he had selected Parra on the basis of his selections and kicking ability. Whereas, Jean-Marc is at best Toulouse's second or third choice kicker. 

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Tales, won his two international caps during the summer tour to New Zealand, in the series that France lost by 3-0. Also playing a few minutes in France's humiliating 30-0 defeat in Christchurch. Saint-André's record in charge of the national side since he took charge in 2012 is modest at best, with seven wins, two draws and nine defeats. While the All Blacks, who squeezed home 8-7 against France in the 2011 World Cup final, have won 28 and drawn one of their last thirty Tests.

Tags: Stade de France, France, New Zealand, Philippe Saint Andre, Remi Tales, Jean Marc Doussain
Posted: 26th November 2016

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