France vs New Zealand
Competition: November Internationals
Date: 26 November 2016
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
There was a time when France was the bogy side of the Kiwis, they have poured a lot of misery over them in World Cups, but last year, when the French were hammered by New Zealand by over 60 points, the hoodoo officially retired. Now these teams meet again, and France should be more competitive.
Under former Toulon coach Guy Noves, france are slowly settling and growing back into that nation of flair that the world is used to seeing. They have not nabbed all the results thus far, but their style of play look a lot better and more familiar. In their first match of the November Internationals the French put on a real display of attractive rugby in beating Samoa 52-8, however they were held 25-23 against the Wallabies, but again, their performance was a good one
New Zealand suffered a shock defeat to the Irish just after breaking the record for 18 undefeated games. It looked like a complacent team that was expect to walk over the Irish, and they got their comeuppance in the USA. However, the ultimate professionals, New Zealand bounced back straight away and picked up a win against Italy in a massive 68 point win with a B-Team. They then got their chance at revenge against the irish, this time in the opposition’s own back yard, and they showed their class and beat Ireland 21-9.
France vs New Zealand: Head-to-Head Stats
Going back to 1905, it used to read 100 percent win record for New Zealand in this fixture, however, their historic win in Chicago gave them their solitary win, so it now reads 30 games with 29 to the All Blacks.
France vs New Zealand: Prediction
There is no doubt that France is on the rise, and are looking to grow, but a game against the best team in the world won’t help their incremental growth. France will lose the game, as the Kiwis are no longer complacent, but they will put on a good showing. Expect the French to score a few good tries, but the All Blacks will win comfortably.
France vs New Zealand: Tips
New Zealand will have a pretty large handicap on them, but be aware that France are more into their defence at the moment, so be aware that the Kiwi’s may not have the biggest winning margin.