France ends its Autumn Internationals 2021 program – also known as the Autumn Nations Series – with a delicious clash against the All Blacks at the Stade de France. This is probably the collision of the entire November Test Series.
When is it?
Saturday, November 20th.
What time is the start?
On which TV channel is it?
Amazon Prime Video will broadcast all games from France.
What’s the latest team news?
New Zealand melee half Aaron Smith joined his country’s squad. Smith was expected to miss the All Blacks ’fall campaign after the birth of his son but was called up after teammate # 9 Brad Weber received a headbutt during their win in Italy a week ago.
The 32-year-old Highlander player was capped 101 times by the national team and was part of the 2015 World Cup-winning squad.
What do they say?
New Zealand coach Ian Foster said his side received a stern lesson on how hard it can be to play away against the best of the northern hemisphere after his side were beaten 29-20 by Ireland on Saturday.
While New Zealand knocked down Wales 54-16 on a seven-try display two weeks ago, they faced an Irish onslaught in Dublin where they had been pushed harder and harder in recent years, including defeat the last time they played in 2018.
“It’s been three years since we’ve been up here (in Europe). For some players, they haven’t really been in a test here and it’s very, very different,” Foster said.
“It’s a very pressing game that you have to deal with. You have to be at the top end of your discipline because if they feel weak and suddenly you start to give up some back-to-back penalties, then you feed into a game that teams like to play. “
Foster said his team, which fell behind South Africa at the top of the world rankings after the defeat, was too easily frustrated at times when they couldn’t catch the ball and a harvest came early in the second half when Ireland. won two decisive attempts.
“I was glad that under the sheer weight of possession and territory, our defense stood strong enough and went through at halftime a bit battered but in a pretty good position.”
“We weren’t very clinical in those first 10 minutes (of the second half) and we had to go chase the game … They played hide the ball very well, and you have to give them credit.”
The All Blacks face France in Paris next weekend in their 15th and final Test of the year.
What are the odds?
What is our prediction?
This setting always captures the imagination simply because you have to wait for the unexpected. France always enters as subordinates and, in true French fashion, ignites the style. This time it’s different, though, because Les Bleus are not subordinates. At least, not like they were in the past. France are now arguably the best team in the northern hemisphere and their strength deeply rivals that of New Zealand. This could be a crack!
Expected score: France 35 New Zealand 31