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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.
NZ had to go to Brisbane for this Sunday game; the ABs scored 8 tries to 1! Winning the first World Cup was now only a week away!
Wellington and New Zealand
A tough New Zealand utility back in the years before international matches were played, Davey Gage performed an astonishing feat of endurance on the 1888–89 New Zealand Natives world tour when he played in 68 of 74 matches in Britain – twice as many as some of his fellow team members. He was nicknamed ‘Pony’ because of his small size but enormous work-rate on that tour. In all games on tour (counting games in Australia and New Zealand) he appeared 82 times.
Gage toured Australia with the New Zealand team of 1893 and was captain of his country against Queensland at Wellington in 1896. None of the matches played was considered a ‘test’ match.
Gage is remembered for another role during the Natives tour. The team adopted ‘On The Ball’ as its team song and he gained a reputation all over Britain as being the player who would stand up, climb on a table and lead its singing. The song, written in New Zealand, became a hit all across the country and is a rugby song that has endured ever since.
What age was Gareth Edwards when he became the world’s youngest test captain?