The shock of the World Cup Pool A between New Zealand and France on Saturday in Auckland promises decisive duels at every level, the match between the captains
. McCaw - DUSAUTOIR: MASTERS OF SHOCK
Two-third of the best lines in the world, who have crossed three times on land. At the quarter-final victory in 2007 (20-18), Thierry Dusautoir had won the respect of New Zealanders who had nicknamed "Black Destroyer" after seeing bludgeon 38 tackles during the match. It has since become a captain and led the Blues to include their last victory against the All Blacks in June 2009 in Dunedin (27-22). McCaw was not there.
In New Zealand's victories in 2006 (47-3) and 2009 (39-12) in France, Richie McCaw had extinguished all strands French. Those two years there, the emblematic captain, who became the first All Black Saturday to reach 100 caps, was elected "IRB player of the year."
Beyond their captaincy, they are being slaughtered by two players key to the device of their team.
. CARTER - PARRA: EXPERT AND NOVICE
Usual scrum-half Morgan Parra (22, 31 Sel.) Will begin its first international match at the opening, one of the most strategic positions of the game had not been tenured in that position since April 2009 (with club then, Bourgoin). Facing him, the job reference: Dan Carter (29, 84 Sel.) Striker accurate clairvoyant leader with a non-standard technique in hand as the foot. The All Black expressed his "surprise" to see the Clermont for the post. "It's interesting to see aligned N.10, the coach wants to try something by running. He is very talented, and he taps the ball well," said Carter with his usual reserve. The French, who have done some training in N.10, hears him not to "ask questions". Enough to compete?
. Nonu-Smith - MERMOZ-ROUGERIE: KNOWN AND UNKNOWN
Ma'a Nonu (62 caps) - Conrad Smith (50 sel.) Know by heart, they play together for years with Wellington Hurricanes (Super 15) and will be involved for the 32nd time in the black jersey, a record. Their complementarity is illustrated by their nicknames: "The Rock" (rock) for Nonu (1.82 m, 106 kg) and "The Snake" (the snake) for Smith (1.85, 95 kg). The pair Maxime Mermoz - Aurelien Rougerie is also very complementary but never played that ... 45 minutes together in February in the first game of the tournament against Scotland. The combination dreamed Marc Lievremont. It will test a very high level against one of the best pairs in the world. And according to his friend Smith, Nonu is "the best of his game" ...
. Kahui - Clerc: Wing HIGH VOL
One is a center successfully relocated to the wing, the other is a pure winger. Kahui (26, 14 Sel.) Will play its first game against the Blues, Clerc (30, 52 Sel.) His seventh against the All Blacks. The templates are not the same (1.90 m and 101 kg for Kahui, against 1.78 m and 90 kg for Clerc), but both players play with the Fijian Goneva, the top-ranked marker test World Cup (4).
Saturday, the success of these two finishers may have a crucial impact on the outcome of the match. Suffered a bruised thigh, Clerc was able to train early in the week. But the best Scorer in the history of XV of France in World Cup (9) has strong references to the position.