Conversion (Carter 72) New Zealand 62-13 France
Later in , the bans served, the full All Blacks toured France. They won the first Test, in Toulouse, 19—7. Their next match, at Nantes, became known as "the battle of Nantes". All Black Buck Shelford had his scrotum rucked in the twentieth minute that required stitches while he was still on the field.
He was later knocked out, losing several teeth in the process, and did not finish the match. France toured New Zealand in and played a two Test series. Again two Tests were played and again they were won by the All Blacks; 24—3 at Nantes, and 30—12 at the Parc de Princes. The All Blacks first-five eighth Grant Fox , dominated both matches, scoring 16 points in the first Test,  and 22 points in the second.
The next tour was of New Zealand by France in In a major upset for New Zealand rugby,  France took the first Test 22—8 at Lancaster Park, coinciding with Frenchman Philippe Sella 's hundredth match for his country.
Sella said of the game "But this historic victory for my th cap, with a score I never imagined—that's one of my really great, great memories". The All Blacks were winning 20—16 with three minutes remaining after Matthew Cooper had kicked a penalty. The ball was handled by nine French players before the try was scored by Jean-Luc Sadourny. In , Daily Telegraph readers voted the try the fourth best of all time in either rugby union or rugby league.
On 11 November , France set a record when they defeated the All Blacks 22—15 at Toulouse—their third consecutive victory over the New Zealanders. A week later, on 18 November, at the Parc des Princes in Paris, the All Blacks took their revenge, inflicting a resounding 37—12 defeat.
It was not until that the two teams met again, in a one-off Test at Athletic Park in Wellington. The All Blacks won 54—7; at the time France's largest ever loss. The All Blacks led 24—10 seven minutes into the second half after two tries both from Jonah Lomu. France scored another try in the remaining five minutes, and although the All Blacks scored a last-minute try France won 43— Lamaison had scored 28 points, and a full house — a try, conversion, penalty and drop goal all in one match.
The Dave Gallaher Trophy was introduced in to be contested between the two teams. The All Blacks won 39—26 and scored two tries while Andrew Mehrtens scored nine penalties. The countries met in one-off Tests in , and They met again in at the Rugby World Cup in Sydney. The match was a third-fourth play-off game and was won 40—13 by the All Blacks.
In they met in a one-off Test in Paris. France were Six Nations Champions, but were defeated by five tries to nil. The first Test was played in Lyon on Armistice Day. The All Blacks defeated France 46—3 which was a record defeat for them at home. The next year France visited New Zealand for a two-Test series. The final rounds of the —07 Top 14 season conflicted with the tour, so France sent a Test team short of 30 of their top players.
France hosted the World Cup , and the two teams met in the tournament quarter-finals. Despite France's hosting of the tournament, the match was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff , Wales. The match was won by France 20—18, and involved several controversial decisions by referee Wayne Barnes ,  who subsequently received death threats from some fans. They discovered that the All Blacks made 57 tackles to France's , and they had 66 percent possession and 60 percent territory.
The playing time, that is time the ball is in play, was the longest of any game Verusco had ever recorded. The report states that "The penalty count was against the All Blacks, with none awarded in the second half, despite dominance in territory and possession which statistically should result in penalties awarded to the dominant side. On anyone's account the referees and touch judges made mistakes which worked against the All Blacks.
New Zealand were pool winners, with France second. On either side of the draw for the knockout stage, both teams made the Final on October New Zealand won The match involved several controversial decisions by referee Craig Joubert, nonetheless for the second time New Zealand won a home World Cup with France runners up. The All Blacks have won 43, France 12, and one has been drawn.
New Zealand have scored considerably more points than France both in France and New Zealand, and at neutral venues - although at neutral venues France have won two of the four matches. A summary of the Test match statistics can be found below. New Zealand and France have played seven Rugby World Cup games, more than any other pair of teams, including six play-off matches.
Five have been won by New Zealand and two by France. New Zealand's first two successful campaigns and ended with wins over France, both at Eden Park. New Zealand's other victories have come in a quarter-final , a pool match , again at Eden Park and the third-place playoff.
That was sensational stuff: France were blown away, run down, torn apart and from then on it was far, far too easy for New Zealand. Thanks for reading folks. Join me again tomorrow at midday for Ireland v Argentina, then Australia v Scotland after that.
Anyway, New Zealand win the lineout and spin it left. Nonu has it and goes cruising through a massive gap from halfway. Mealmu pinches the lineout, but he turns it over immediately and France look to put width on it.
The ball bounces kindly and he collects, but gets dragged down short. They decline to take the points and stick it in the corner, but Read steals it at the tail. Which is taking the piss, really. New Zealand have nine tries. Picamoles off, Chouly on. Kerr-Barlow slips it through into the 22 for Savea to chase, but France recover and Read, of all people, runs it back.
Parra and McCaw off, Kockott and Cane on. Barrett L 6 S. Frizell BF 7 A. Savea QF 8 L. We are inside the last minute and the All Blacks' have the scrum feed deep inside their own half - the siren sounds but New Zealand are keen to keep playing, the hosts are not done yet! France have struggled in the line out all night - once again it is sloppy but they have somehow managed to hang onto possession.
A penalty to France! New Zealand continue to go from strength to strength! A 5m scrum to the All Blacks. The All Blacks are on the front foot and are hungry for more points!
France is only just hanging on here This second half is turning into a masterclass from the All Blacks! Set piece brilliance once again from the All Blacks! Remi Lamerat, in the thick of the action once again, almost breaks through the All Blacks' line - he can't get a clean pass away and the All Blacks secure possession right on their own With seemingly nothing on, the All Blacks' fly-half puts his foot to the floor and weaves a sizzling path through the French defence who are left grasping at thin air.
Excellent play from France who link up across the field, surging towards the All Blacks' 22 - New Zealand have the move well covered however and have forced the visitors into touch. Plenty of feeling in the opening couple of minutes in this second half with a push and shove breaking out beyond the touch line - eventually, order is restored and it is the All Blacks with the scrum feed.
With a thrilling second half in store, it is New Zealand ahead by over France. A massive opportunity here for France to strike in the shadows of half time - the visitors have the scrum feed just 5m out from the All Blacks' line. Gael Fickou takes on the line and bursts through the tackle! The All Blacks edge ahead once again! What an opening half this has been in Dunedin! Outstanding set piece play from the All Blacks! The hosts go short at the line-out before rolling a thunderous maul over the line - it is Matt Todd who comes up with the ball, claiming his first International try.
We are into the second quarter of the Test match and, after France dominated the opening quarter hour, it is the All Blacks who are starting to get on top. New Zealand hit back with their first try of the match!