As it happened: All Blacks vs France – third test


80mins: One final scrum for the ABs and Perenara decides they want to play as they fire it left to Naholo who has to clean up a poor pass along the ground. They're right on their own try line. Naholo decides he's had enough and kicks it into touch. 

78mins: Naholo is in space again down the left wing and fires it back in field as he approaches the touchline but his pass it tapped back France's way. Lambey gets it and he's in space! They switch left and Fickou takes it up just five metres out but they lose moments later!

76mins: France win another penalty. That's five in five minutes. France will have the lineout just five metres out. They get up to win it but ABs turn it over. Ioane spots space, tries the step but loses it in contact.

74mins: Barrett rips the ball away once again and the ABs have numbers to burn on the left! Goodhue has a crack but they eventually lose it after Hemopo knocked on.

72mins: Goodhue finds Naholo on the left wing but he's well tackled. ABs putting it through the hands quickly and they're up over the 22m. Barrett's grubber is charged and the ABs concede the penalty. 

70mins: France this time win their lineout ball and begin to maul just five metres out. They're not going anywhere and concede the penalty for obstructing. 

68mins: Nevermind, France's set-piece is just terrible all round as their front row collapses and they concede the penalty. ABs will have the lineout around halfway.

66mins: Sam Whitelock takes in the restart and France are awarded the penalty for not releasing. With their lineout in turmoil, they've asked for the scrum.

64mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - IOANE: Serin puts Whitelock under pressure at the back of the scrum but the ABs still have it. McKenzie has a number of players outside him, skips one to find Ioane and the winger goes inbetween two tacklers to score his third try of the night!

62mins: Barrett does brilliantly to steal the ball and the ABs are hot on attack once again. Taylor goes up the middle and they're just five out. Frizell has a crack and takes a few with him over the try line for a score on his test debut. Oh no, they've asked the TMO and he reckons he was held up. No try.

60mins: Luke Whitelock gets up to win the restart and he makes good metres on the return. McKenzie finds Naholo on the left wing with an incredible pass, he bumps off one and just like that the ABs are only 10 metres out. Naholo bumps another but his pass in field is knocked back the tourists' way.

58mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - IOANE: ABs are in space down the right wing but Ben Smith is penalised at the breakdown and France take the tap only for the ABs to rip it straight back. Ben Smith gets the quick pass and he draws one in before putting Ioane in open space for the try. 

56mins: Fickou is well looked after by Naholo in the tackle as France struggle to find holes in the ABs defence. SBW's makes a hard tackle and he's stayed down! He's been attended to for a shoulder injury. Jordie Barrett replaces him.

54mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - IOANE: SBW overlooks a surging Goodhue and finds McKenzie who shows great hands and awareness to put Ioane through a gaping hole on the inside and the winger races in 30 metres to the score the try. New Zealand running riot now.

52mins: ABs get up to win the steal the lineout and SBW offloads to Todd but he loosie's pass is intercepted before the French give it right back. France are penalised for being offside.

51mins: Moody is penalised at the scrum and Belleau finds touch around the 22m for the lineout. The ABs loosehead has a tough time of it all series.

49mins: McKenzie tries the chip through, Barrett gets the bounce and the ABs are hot on attack once more. McKenzie tries to fire it wide and it's ALMOST intercepted by Lamerat but he can't hang on.

47mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - MCKENZIE: ABs drive and le Roux is penalised for collapsing the maul. Naholo has a charge off the back of the lineout win. Smith does brilliantly to put Ioane in space but he's well looked after. McKenzie wraps around Whitelock, gets the pass, puts the foot down and races in to score.

45mins: Smith fires it to SBW and finds Goodhue with a trademark offload but he can't link up with McKenzie before the first-five cleans up and clears. France look to counter down the left wing but they simply just run out of room.

43mins: Maestri gets up to win it and France try the drive but oh my, what maul defence from the ABs as they push them back 10 metres. Eventually it's taken down and NZ force the turnover.

41mins: McKenzie tries the short kick but it's too short and the French will have the scrum on halfway. Hansen's not too happy at all. ABs are penalised at the breakdown and France have the lineout just five out.


40mins: It's a poor throw and the French have it! Fickou tries the kick through but McKenzie cleans up before Naholo takes the tackle. They kick it into touch and that's halftime.

40mins: France put the shove in and the ball's come back their way. They're keeping it tight, trying through their forwards but Taylor gets up over the ball-carrier and wins the penalty.

38mins: Fickou cuts through two ABs tacklers and he's away! He has no support and is tackled just outside the 22m. Fickou tries the grubber and Ben Smith's forced to take it back for a French scrum.

36mins: France get up to win their own lineout before Babillot has a crack. Serin decides to kick and Ioane gathers it in before stepping one and another.

34mins: France look to counter down the right sideline and the bounce of the ball almost goes in their favour but there was a knock on in the play. France still look dangerous, but it's got to be tough when it's always going against you. 

32mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - MCKENZIE: Wait, we're hoing upstairs. And it's given! Smith flew from the scrum, found a surging McKenzie and he goes in under the sticks for the try. Only problem is Serin was impeded be the ref and couldn't make the tackle. Controversy strikes again.

30mins: Ben Smith gets up to win McKenzie's restart. ABs hot on attack as McKenzie finds a charging Hemopo. The ball's unplayable at the ruck and NZ will have the scrum.

28mins: FRANCE TRY - FOFANA: Gourdon takes the quick tap from the free-kick and France are just five metres out. Chat again bumps off Franks but ABs defence holding firm. Belleau goes to Fofana, he steps out of one tackle, fends another and he's over for the try!

26mins: Whitelock gets up to win the restart and they drive. Smith clears before Belleau puts the bomb up and he comes down with it! They try the left touchline and Smith knocks on in the tackle.

24mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - TODD: All Blacks win the lineout through Hemopo just five metres out and they drive! They're advancing easily and they crash over and it's Todd who dots down for the try.

22mins: McKenzie shows the ball and ALMOST goes through. ABs putting the French under serious pressure and they win the penalty on the tourists' 22m. Hemopo has replaced the bloody Frizell.

20mins: France win a scrappy lineout as Serin cleans up. Belleau tries the bomb and Ben Smith drops it backwards for Naholo to clean up. SBW's in space, shows the ball but is hit hard. McKenzie opts to kick before Belleau returns it up over the 22m.

18mins: Chat beats the tackle of Franks before putting Maestri in half a hole. They lose it moments away and McKenzie counters! He almost goes through but le Roux holds on. They go right for Naholo and he takes it up over halfway but Whitelock's penalised for holding on.

16mins: ALL BLACKS TRY - BEN SMITH: Chat has a crack over the ball but there's no clear release and is penalised for a ABs lineout just 10 metres out. Ioane puts the foot down and ALMOST goes through. They switch direction, SBW sees Ben Smith on his outside and puts him through the hole for the try. Todd has replaced the injured Savea.

14mins: Thomas takes in McKenzie's restart but Barrett's there to meet him and he drives him over the sideline. He's just been an absolute monster so far.

12mins: FRANCE TRY - SERIN: A strong second shove from the ABs almost forces the turnover but it comes back the French's way. Fofana almost dummies his way through. Galletier gets a nice pass and he's just short of the try line. Serin acts to pass but dives over for the try! French strike first.

10mins: McKenzie boots a HUGE kick through from the ABs scrum but it rolls dead. Looked as if it was just going to hold up but instead the French will have a scrum on the NZ 22m. 

8mins: Thomas somehow keeps it in, spots space behind the defence, puts the chip kick through and ALMOST gets the bounce by Aaron Smith cleans up before McKenzie clears.

7mins: Belleau has a dart and he's tackled just short of the try line. France looking to bash their way over but a poor pass forces them back 20 metres. Up to 20 phases now but ABs defence holding firm. They try the grubber but it can only roll into touch.

5mins: McKenzie's pass is intercepted by Parra and Galletier is away! He's finally tackled on the 22m but France still have it. Babillot in a bit of space and they're just 10 metres out now. 

3mins: Barrett playing like a man possessed early on, making three crunching tackles. France doing well to keep possession, putting it through the phases but the ball's turned over and McKenzie clears.

1mins: Belleau gets us underway and it's Whitelock who goes up high to take it. Barrett's pass is a poor one, hits the deck and McKenzie cleans up before clearing.

7:33pm: Perenara leading the haka as always. Whitelock front and centre.

7:29pm: Whitelock leads out the All Blacks. Just over five minutes now until kick-off. But first, the anthems, followed by the haka.

7:27pm: French players making their way out now. Should be interesting to see how Fofana does in the place of his captain. 

7:24pm: Really happy to see Naholo back in the black jersey and looking forward to seeing the new caps in full flight.

7:20pm: So, we're finally here. Here's hoping this test isn't marred by controversary and we can just have a good game rugby.

Kia ora and welcome to the third and final test between the All Blacks and France at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.

Four players will make their test debut for New Zealand, with centre Jack Goodhue and Shannon Frizell named in the run on side and Richie Mo'unga and Jackson Hemopo on the bench.

French captain Mathieu Bastareaud is a surprise omission from their team, with halfback Morgan Parra given the armband instead.

We bring you live streaming written commentary, (BE SURE TO REFRESH YOUR BROWSER), and all the action.

Commentary will start around 7:20pm. In the meantime, watch the video above for a full breakdown of the test.


All Blacks
15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Aaron Smith; 1 Joe Moody, 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Sam Whitelock (c), 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Shannon Frizell, 7 Ardie Savea, 8 Luke Whitelock.

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Jordie Barrett.

15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Remi Lamerat, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Anthony Bellau, 9 Morgan Parra (c); 1 Dany Priso, 2 Camille Chat, 3 Uini Atonio, 4 Bernard Le Roux, 5 Yoann Maestri, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 7 Kelian Galletier, 8 Kevin Gourdon.

Replacements: 16 Adrien Pelissie, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Maxime Medard.

Match officials
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

Previous results
2018: New Zealand won 26-13 in Wellington
2018: New Zealand won 52-11 in Auckland
2017: New Zealand won 38-18 in Paris
2016: New Zealand won 24-19 in Paris
2015: New Zealand won 62-13 (World Cup quarter-final) in CardiffHead-to-head:

All Blacks $1.05 France $8.50

Pre-match banter: Ross Karl - Raw look to All Blacks for third test against France

OPINION: Dunedin is beautiful, but the air is just a little fresh.

And fresh is in the air, because the All Blacks have four debutants going into this weekend’s third test match against France.

It’s unusual, but coach Steve Hansen says he doesn’t have a limit on the number of debutants – he’s got to select the team he’s able to pick.

There is quite a raw look to this All Blacks squad, which already has the series in the bag, but is coming off a disappointing performance in that second test match.

Let’s start with Shannon Frizell at number six. He wouldn’t be playing in this game if Liam Squire and Vaea Fifita hadn’t been injured.

Hansen will put a little more time taking him from the raw-boned athlete to some resembling more of a complete six.

Frizell played football as teenager in Tonga - he was a goalkeeper, before he switched to rugby. It’s big week for him and brother Tyson, who’s playing State of Origin on Sunday.

As it happened: All Blacks vs France – third test

On the bench, you’ve got Jackson Hemopo, who’s a lock/six, but Hansen sees him mostly as six cover.

He also likes the look of Scott Barrett as a lock/six, come World Cup time – it’s the kind of position that gives a small squad some leniency.   

When you look out wide, you’ve got Jack Goodhue.

Richie Mo’unga, who’s coming off the bench, talks about how good Goodhue is at feeding information in. In fact, he said, maybe sometimes he needs to shut up a little bit.

He’s also got Sonny Bill Williams there, so a smart guy making his debut and inside him, an experienced guy.

Those two number 10s – Damian McKenzie, who will start, and Mo’unga making his test debut – they’ve got to run this ship with very little experience and no Beauden Barrett in the squad right now to give them guidance.

They’ll have to think about things that Barrett has told them over the past couple of weeks and really take control of this team in this game.

Who knows how this All Blacks squad is going to go?

You do have this Canterbury forward pack, and plenty of experience out wide and at the back with Ben Smith. You shouldn’t be nervous, but with these new guys, there’s plenty to look out for.


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