Thursday, December 9

Rugby: the feat of the XV of France against New Zealand (40-25)

The XV of France achieved a feat by signing a record success in front of New Zealand (40-25), triple world champion, his first against the All Blacks since 2009, Saturday at the Stade de France at the end of the tour autumnal.

In front of 80,000 spectators in turmoil, the Blues of Fabien Galthié struck a blow against one of the world references, less than two years from the opening match of the next World Cup (September 8 – October 28, 2023), organized in France, facing these same All Blacks. They thus end their November series on a perfect balance sheet with three successes in as many matches after having already beaten Argentina (29-20) and Georgia (41-15).

Thanks to four tries against three opposing side, the young French (25 years old, 18 selections on average) came to the end of a team they had not dominated since June 13, 2009 and a victory in Dunedin (27- 22) during a summer tour of the Antipodes. And this with the widest gap in their history vis-à-vis the fern selection.

To find traces of a tricolor victory in front of the New Zealanders in France, it was necessary to go back much further, in 2009, when the XV of France of Bernard Laporte had won at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille (42-33) .

The fall series ends with a flop for Sam Whitelock and his partners, already beaten last Saturday in Ireland (29-20). Two defeats in a row for New Zealand, this is only the ninth time this has happened since 1995 and the advent of the professional age.

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