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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.
The great 1924-30 All Black fullback George Nepia dies in Ruatoria, East Coast, aged 81.
VAN VOLLENHOVEN, TOM
Northern Transvaal and South Africa
7 internationals for Sth Africa 1955–56
Acclaimed as a man who might have become South Africa’s finest wing, van Vollenhoven indeed fashioned a reputation as a great try-scoring wing – but it was for St Helen’s at rugby league.
His international rugby career was cruelly brief. After his debut as a centre against the 1955 Lions, van Vollenhoven moved to the wing and promptly became the first player to score three tries in a test in South Africa. In the second test in Australia the next year, he kicked a dropped goal – it was only the second time he had ever attempted one – but his form fell away in New Zealand and while he played eight of the first nine matches, he played only the third test.
The crew-cutted van Vollenhoven was reckoned to be inconsistent, but there was nothing unreliable about him in the matter of scoring tries. In his 19 matches on that long tour, van Vollenhoven scored 16 tries, but was such a natural and instinctive player that selectors found him difficult to fit into a team pattern.
He certainly proved them wrong, or misguided, with St Helen’s.
Which well-known sevens rugby coach made this memorable quotation? 'At the Hong Kong sevens bowls and plates are only for eating off - not playing for?'