Rugby World Cup: All Blacks, France fans back home make plans for early-morning blockbuster at Paris

Back home, All Blacks fans are pretty relaxed about their early-morning viewing plans - but there's another slightly more co-ordinated team of supporters. 

French fans will gather in central Auckland and they've been readying themselves for the early start. 

Rallying gameday gusto at 7am is no mean feat on a Saturday, but Auckland's Wynyard Quarter is already busy painting the town red... white and blue!

"Full of French flags everywhere, but obviously, we will put some flags with the All Blacks and New Zealand," chuckled Yves-Louis Dorsemaine of Alliance Francaise.

"France is hosting the World Cup, but we are in New Zealand and we do like it!"
"France is hosting the World Cup, but we are in New Zealand and we do like it!" Photo credit: Newshub

"France is hosting the World Cup, but we are in New Zealand and we do like it!" 

Dorsemaine expecting 500 people at Wynyard Pavilion from 6am, most of them French fans, arriving to some home comforts. 

"Cafe croissant, like in France, so we hope we will have a lovely French atmosphere," he said. 

If you're a Kiwi who couldn't bear the sight of a croissant on gameday, there's another spot just down the road. The Fox has dedicated space for walk-ins. 

"I think we booked out two weeks ago approximately and we have people calling every day, asking for reservations," said Fox employee Anka Nuerge. 

If it's a big screen you're after, you'll find it at the home of the Warriors of all places. Go Media Stadium will open its Lilyworld venue early on a day when they hope for two wins.   

"You'll have a nice covered area to watch the All Blacks beat the French in the opener of the World Cup," said Auckland Stadiums commercial head Scott Couch. 

Kitchens right across the country are warming up. 

"We've got chicken waffles, the pork belly waffles and then classic full breakfast on," said Poni Sula of Wellington's Realm. "Also sneaked in a classic burger and breakfast burger, we will be serving a beer or two as well." 

Said Ross Herrick of Christchurch's Dux Central: "Classic pizzas and breakfast burger available, as well as our popular fries and chicken."

But at 7am, there's one grandstand most rugby fans will be watching from. 

Even if there's not as much of a show from the Kiwis out on the town, the All Blacks fans will still be out in force - they might just be at home on the couch. 

Join Newshub at 7am Saturday for live updates of the All Blacks v France Rugby World Cup opener