World Rugby: New Zealand-France, hunting demons
New Zealand, on a crusade to regain a world title she has not won since 1987, wants to chase his demons against France will play "no pressure" the shock of the World Cup Pool A-2011 Saturday (20:30 local, 10:30 French) at Eden Park in Auckland.
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Despite mixed results from more than 2008, the XV of France coach Marc Lievremont of lived up to that reputation by coming to win in New Zealand test match, June 13, 2009 in Dunedin (27 - 22), before undergoing the masterly hand of the All Blacks in November 2009 in Marseille (39-12).
The weight of these repeated defeats against the French "will definitely strengthen their resolve. We, this can help our players to give the best of themselves, to play uninhibited, to say that it is possible to beat New Zealand as some have done, "said Lievremont.
The French coach has reserved a big surprise for this match: positioning the opening of the scrum-half , preferred to the usual flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc was disappointingly low against Japan (47-21) and Canada (46-19).
Dimitri Szarzewski was preferred to William Servat to start the game to the position of hooker as well as replaces Imanol Harinordoquy in the third row.
"This game has long been on our calendar. It's France, World Cup, there is plenty of history. It is the small piece of extra motivation," confirmed coach All Blacks , reappointed after the failure of 2007.
Graham Henry for his part out the heavy artillery with the return of injured flyhalf Dan Carter in the third row and captain and that will become the first All Black Saturday to reach the 100 selections.
McCaw (1.87, 106 kg) and strong partners in the third row (1.96 m, 110 kg) and Adam Thomson (1.96 m, 110 kg) will be particularly responsible to chase Morgan Parra (1.80 m, 80 kg). The ability of the French opener to escape the pressure could condition the turn of the game.
Composition of teams from New Zealand and France, who meet Saturday (20:30 local, 10:30 French time) at Eden Park in Auckland as part of the Pool A Rugby World Cup-2011:
New Zealand: Dagg - Jane Smith, Nonu, Kahui - (o) Carter, (m) Weepu - McCaw (cap.), Thomson, Kaino - Whitelock, Thorn - O. Franks, Mealamu, Woodcock
France: Traille - Clerc, Rougerie, Mermoz, Medard - (o) Parra, (m) Yachvili - Bonnaire, Picamoles, Dusautoir (cap.) - Nallet, Pape - Ducalcon, Szarzewski, Poux
New Zealand: Hore, B. Franks, A. Williams, Boric, Ellis, Slade, S. B. Williams
France: Servat, Barcella, Pierre, Harinordoquy, Trinh-Duc, , Heymans
Referee: Alain Rolland (IRL)