France tour New Zealand in the June international rugby window, the first of three tests takes place in Auckland on Saturday and the visitors have been allocated a handicap start in the mid 20’s and we are hoping that line proves accurate.
New Zealand v France, Saturday 9th July, Auckland, KO 09:35 (South African time)
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), John Lacey (Ireland)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
In 2017 the All Blacks were pitched against the British & Irish Lions and the 3 match series was tied up at 1-1 with the decider at Eden Park finishing in a 15-15 draw.
The subsequent Rugby Championship campaign saw New Zealand win all 6 of their matches before they came unstuck in a Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane which the Wallabies won 23-18.
The end of year (2017) tour began with a 38-18 win over the French in Paris, Scotland were a tougher nut to crack in Edinburgh with the AB’s coming through with a 22-17 victory and they finished with a 33-18 win over Wales in Cardiff.
The All Blacks have won each of the last 11 head to heads against the French
France finished their Six Nations 2018 campaign with a record of 2 wins and 3 defeats. Aside from a 34-17 home win over Italy their matches were decided by margins of no more than 6 points and their only other victory came at home to England (22-16).
On tour in 2017 France were whitewashed 3-0 in South Africa, losing all 3 matches by more than 20 points and they failed to score more than 15 points in any of those fixtures.
The last time Les Bleus toured New Zealand came in 2013 and they lost all 3 matches, the closest of which was a 23-13 defeat in Auckland. You have to go back to 2009 for the last French win over the All Blacks, 27-22 in Dunedin in a series which ended all square at 1-1.
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock (captain), 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Ngani Laumape
France: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (c), 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Remy Grosso, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Fabien Sanconnie, 7 Kelian Gourdon, 6 Judicaël Cancoriet, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Paul Gabrillagues, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso
Replacements: 16 Adrien Pélissié, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Gael Fickou
Most Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2017 INT Paris France 18-38 New Zealand (Tries 2-5)
2016 INT Paris France 19-24 New Zealand (Tries 1-3)
2015 RWC Cardiff New Zealand 62-13 France (Tries 9-1)
2013 INT Paris France 19-26 New Zealand (Tries 1-2)
2013 INT New Plymouth New Zealand 24-9 France (Tries 2-0)
2013 INT Christchurch New Zealand 30-0 France (Tries 3-0)
2013 INT Auckland New Zealand 23-13 France (Tries 2-1)
2011 RWC Final Auckland New Zealand 8-7 France (Tries 1-1)
New Zealand -24.5 points at 9/10
France +24.5 points at 9/10
Note, odds quoted are an average of what was available at the time of last update but are subject to change.
I always find handicaps in this sort of region troublesome and I’d rather look deep into the alternative markets for a more speculative pick to a small stake.
In this instance the All Blacks to win by 21-30 points inclusive gets the beer money with more appealing betting heats to be found elsewhere on Saturday’s international coupon.
Bet: 1.5 units New Zealand to win by 21-30 points inclusive at 3/1
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