France are ending their Fall International program – also known as the Fall Nations Series – with a tantalizing clash against the All Blacks at the Stade de France. This is arguably the shock of the entire November test run.
When is it?
Saturday, November 20.
What time is the kick-off?
8 p.m. GMT.
Which TV channel is it on?
Amazon Prime Video will broadcast all French games.
What is the news of the team?
France have named nine unselected players to their squad for the Fall Open, alongside familiar faces such as half-backs Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack.
Camille Chat, Pierre-Louis Barassi and Teddy Thomas are all absent due to injury, as is Charles Ollivon, France’s captain at the Six Nations.
Forward: Gregory Alldritt, Anthony Jelonch, Cameron Woki, Dylan Cretin, Francois Cros, Sekou Macalou, Ibrahim Diallo, Paul Willemse, Bernard Le Roux, Romain Taofifenua, Thibaud Flament, Killian Geraci, Florent Vanverberghe, Florian Verhaeghe, Demba Bamba, Wilkfrid, Atonio, Julian Marchand, Peato Mauvaka, Gaetan Barlot, Cyril Baille, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Thierry Paiva.
Back: Romain Buros, Brice Dul in, Melvyn Jaminet, Thomas Ramos, Gabin VilliÃ¨re, Damian Penaud, Matthis Lebel, Donovan Taofifenua, Gael Fickou, Virimi Vakatawa, Yoram Moefana, Jonathan Danty, Tani Vili, Romain Ntamack, Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Hastoy, Antoine Dupont, Baptiste Couilloud, Maxime Lucu.
Uncapped lock Josh Lord has been called up to the All Blacks squad for their upcoming year-end tour.
Lord’s addition to the squad means he will be able to provide second-place coverage, where supplies have been depleted due to the departures of Scott Barrett and Patrick Tuipulotu.
All Blacks team
Forward: Asafo Aumua, Ethan Blackadder, George Bower, Sam Cane, Dane Coles, Ethan de Groot, Shannon Frizell, Akira Ioane, Luke Jacobson, Nepo Laulala, Tyrel Lomax, Josh Lord, Joe Moody, Dalton Papalii, Brodie Retallick, Ardie Savea, Hoskins Sotutu, Angus Ta’avao, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Codie Taylor, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Tupou Vaa’i, Sam Whitelock
Back: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Finlay Christie, Braydon Ennor, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Will Jordan, Anton Lienert-Brown, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, TJ Perenara, Sevu Reece, Quinn Tupaea, Brad Weber.
What do the authors of the Telegraph say?
During a weekend of sporting beating, when Liverpool beat Manchester United 5-0 and Pakistan pumped India by 10 wickets in the 20-a-side Cricket World Cup, the All Blacks were in a ruthless mood at FedEx Field, writes our rugby editor Charlie morgan.
Because a silver reunion against the USA Eagles took place outside of World Rugby’s designated November window for internationals, the hosts were unable to field players from European clubs. That meant opening half AJ MacGinty, who was injured anyway, Haas scrum half Ruben, test rower Joe Taufete’e and others were missing.
Despite selecting a number of fairly inexperienced internationals, New Zealand duly scored 16 tries in a massacre that ended 104-14. Few significant conclusions could be drawn, as many have pointed out. But the All Blacks are historically tough on these lags.
They have now racked up a century of points on four occasions in test matches, passing 80 on 11 occasions. The beating of the United States represented their 39th victory with 50 or more points from a total of 607 tests. By comparison, England have 18 wins of 50 or more points on 758 tests.
Obviously, dealing with the upper test sides is completely different. Still, how often do New Zealand move away from their elite opponents with a tiebreak or a series of tries in a short blitz? Rarely are they disrupted and coached at the level of the lower teams.
With that in mind, while their victory over the United States was unsatisfactory as a contest, some principles of New Zealand’s clinical attack can be translated into tighter games.
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What are the chances?
What is our prediction?
This fixture always captures the imagination simply because you have to expect the unexpected. France always goes there as an outsider and, like the real France, activates the style. But this time it’s different, because the Blues are not outsiders. At least not like they have been in the past. France are now arguably the best team in the Northern Hemisphere and their strength rivals that of New Zealand in depth. It could be a cracker!
Predicted score: France 35 New Zealand 31