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27 November 2016
552nd All Black test
NEW ZEALAND v FRANCE (Northern tour international) at Stade de France, Paris, France.
Date: Saturday, November 26, 2016
Fulltime Score; New Zealand 24 France19
Halftime; New Zealand 10 France 6
Conditions; Excellent but cool. A 9pm local time kickoff time.
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant Referees: Federico Anselmi (Argentina), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)
For New Zealand:
Tries: Dagg, Barrett, Faumuina
Cons: Barrett 3
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg (Rep’d by Aaron Cruden 56m), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty (Rep’d by Rieko Ioane 44m), 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (Rep’d by Aaron Smith 59m), 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd (Rep’d by Ardie Savea 56m), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick (Rep’d by Scott Barrett 44m), 3 Owen Franks (Rep’d by Charlie Faumuina 48m), 2 Dane Coles (Rep’d by Codie Taylor 63m), 1 Joe Moody (Rep’d by Wyatt Crockett 44m)
Try: by Louis Picamoles
Con: Baptiste Serin
Pens: Maxime Machenaud 2, Baptiste Serin
France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Rémi Lamerat (Rep’d by Gaël Fickou 61m), 12 Wesley Fofana, (Temporarily rep’d by Gaël Fickou 16m; Fofana returned after 20m and Fickou returned to the sideline)) 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Maxime Machenaud (Rep’d by Baptiste Serin 48m), 8 Louis Picamoles (Rep’d by Damien Chouly 66m), 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Charles Ollivon, 5 Yoann Maestri (Rep’d by Julien Le Devedec 16m), 4 Sébastian Vahaamahina, 3 Uini Atonio (Rep’d by Rabah Slimani 61m), 2 Guilhem Guirado (c) (Rep’d by Camille Chat 70m), 1 Xavier Chiocci (Rep’d by Cyril Baille 61m)
The French replacement scrumhalf; Jean-Marc Doussain was not used at all in the match. He is of interest to rugby statisticians in that he remains the only player in the world who made his international (test) debut in World Cup final. He appeared for France with 5 minutes left of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final in Auckland, New Zealand.
The French back Gaël Fickou appeared twice in the game; the first time as a temporary replacement for Wesley Fofana and the second as a full replacement for Rémi Lamerat.
This was the final match of the All Blacks Northern tour....and of their 2016 season. They played 13 tests in 2016 for 12 wins and 1 loss.
The win in Paris was their 10th consecutive victory by New Zealand over France.
Israel Dagg’s try was his tenth in this calendar year and Beauden Barrett’s try was his ninth in the calendar year. Barrett’s tally was a world’s best for a flyhalf player in one year.
Protests of all kinds against Apartheid on this cheerless day at Eden Park. But the Springboks go home losing to the ABs by 25-22.
Transvaal and South Africa
29 internationals for South Africa 1993-96
The Springbok flanker who had a relatively short time at the top in test rugby, but who played a huge role in the game in a number of ways. Francois Pienaar is remembered best for receiving the 1995 Rugby World Cup from his President, Nelson Mandela, after winning the dramatic final for South Africa on Ellis Park in 1995. In another completely different way, by his actions, Pienaar also played a significant role in the prevention of rugby going to the rebel professional World Rugby Corporation in the same year.
Pienaar first came into the Springbok team in 1993 against France. He was made captain from the very start of his tests, a rare feat (only Basil Kenyon and Des van Jaarsveld had also done that for South Africa). Still, Pienaar did have a paltry total of experience, just 16 tests, when two years later, he was charged with the task of leading the Springboks into their first World Cup. Added to that was the pressure on him of not failing in a World Cup being played effectively in his new country. The whole of South Africa’s new ‘Rainbow Nation’ looked to Francois Pienaar and the coach Kitch Christie to bring home the gold.
And they certainly did. In an exultant moment for the South Africa nation, who were finding a new way forward, the win over New Zealand, by 15-12 in extra time, was massive lift for the new nation’s confidence. Given the years when South Africa had been scorned for its apartheid policies, what an image was created for the entire world to see when a young white man accepted the trophy from his black leader.
In that moment Francois Pienaar was guaranteed a lifetime’s recognition. He had played well in the tournament, he led his team superbly, had conveyed a confidence all the way through, to the whole country. Seconds after the final whistle he led his team to dipin prayers of gratitude, right in the centre-field at Ellis Park. In other words for the deeply religious country he did everything right.
Yet only months later he was embroiled in the greatest threat the amateur game of rugby had ever faced. The World Rugby Corporation had been formed to seek ways to change the structure of the world rugby scene and change it from its old amateur ways. The world’s top players were targeted with offers of money, contracted sums so large apparently, that they could not be refused. The WRC went hard at securing the South African players for a new world professional circuit. The WRC took the view that because they had won the World Cup South Africa must be the target to lead the new direction.
So the pressure went on to Francois Pienaar. He was offered huge sums to lead all of the other World Cup winners to the new monetary version of rugby. To be fair, leading All Blacks, Wallabies and British and Irish players were also being besieged by WRC and sign up. Pienaar though was the first to crack. He elected to stay with the counter-offer from Louis Luyt of the South African Rugby Union and with other collapses of confidence the strong bid by WRC failed. Had Pienaar gone with the new idea world rugby would have been vastly different. As it transpired the International Rugby Board sensing the groundswell and desires of modern attitudes within months, themselves, had changed the game from being all-amateur to being totally professional.
Francois Pienaar’s career at the top lasted one more year. He led the Springboks on the European tour in the first Springbok tour of the new era and in 1996 he took part in the first Tri Nations series with New Zealand and Australia. He international career ended when, still as skipper, he was carried off at Cape Town in the second test against the All Blacks.
He left the country soon after to become a player/coach at the prestigious Saracens Club in London.
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