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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.
Arguably he was the slowest back on the field but nothing could stop the flying Mortlock; his try that greatly assisted the Aussies in their 22-10 sensational dispatch of the All Blacks.
The famous Scottish rugby commentator, a man who set standards in the art of television commentary which, in the end, gained him worldwide acclaim.
Raised in the Scottish border town of Hawick, where he was a teacher all his working life, young McLaren was a good enough player to earn himself a Scottish trial in the years immediately after his service in World War II. However illness struck him down and during a lengthy stay in hospital he began broadcasting over the hospital radio system.
On his discharge and unable to play anymore he took to rugby commentary. From his beloved Mansfield Park in Hawick he started on a career at the microphone that was to last more than 50 years. His first international call was on radio for a Scottish Districts game v South Africa while during the 1951-52 tour.
His reputation grew quickly and by 1953-54 he was commentating Scottish test matches from Murrayfield. He recalls how that same winter the BBC sent him to Cardiff to observe the great New Zealand radio man Winston McCarthy in action. Bill tells the story of being amazed at how excited McCarthy got during a game. ‘At one stage he nearly fell forward out of the commentary box. I had to hold his coat to keep him in the box!’
The big change for McLaren came in 1959 when, though continuing to be a shcoolmaster, he changed to working part-time for BBC television. For the first time TV commentary of rugby was turned into the unique form it is today. No more endless verbiage as required in radio description, instead an attention came to identification of players by face and number; there was explanations given of refereeing decisions; plus identification of the placement of the game on the field. And most uniquely to McLaren, entertaining background and statistical information about the personalities in the game. The man himself filled large sheets of background notes on every player taking part in every fixture he worked on. The ‘sheets’ became sought after souvenirs and sometimes were auctioned for charity at rugby dinners.
McLaren lived by his attention to preparation; he often told budding broadcasters ‘the secret of good broadcasting is never to neglect your homework.’
He did all his work to perfection and became a huge personality in the game. It was all done with a gentle Scottish accent and cheerful attitude to life which was admired with affection all over the world. His influence over all things was perhaps summed up by one Scottish player, lamenting a narrow loss one time in the Five Nations Championship. Said the player, ‘aye, we’d have played much better if Bill McLaren had been commentatin’.’
Bill continued at the microphone until he was close to 80 years of age. He retired from BBC TV in 2002 after exactly 50 years of international broadcasting. The reaction to his departure was amazing, with much media coverage in press, radio and TV and, of course from his many fans around the world who had learned much more about rugby because of his lifetime’s commitment to it.
Which former Springbok test rugby captain won a Rugby World Cup winner's medal for Australia in 1999?