The second of Saturday’s quarter finals is a repeat of the 2011 Rugby World Cup final as the All Blacks take on France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. This article contains our NEW ZEALAND v FRANCE betting preview with match tips, predictions, enhanced odds, starting XVs, exclusive free bets and no deposit bonuses!
NEW ZEALAND v FRANCE BETTING PREVIEW While not spectacular in the Pool Stage, New Zealand eased through to win all four matches, with 3 bonus points collected. The Kiwi had problems against Argentina in their opener when they had to come from behind in the final quarter to turn things around. But we expect a much improved side in the knock-out stage.
Steve Hansen has made four changes to the New Zealand side that beat Tonga in their final pool match. The All Blacks already knew they would be without Tony Woodcock after being ruled out of the remainder of the tournament. His role at loosehead prop will be taken by Wyatt Crockett. Sam Whitelock starts in the second row at the expense of Luke Romano while Captain Richie McCaw, who was rested against Tonga, returns in place of Same Cane. Julian Savea takes his place back on the wing with Waisake Naholo dropping out.
France enter this fixture on the back of an insipid performance against Ireland. They looked devoid of creativity in the backs and never looked like threatening the try line. Reports emerged on Thursday night that France’s players had stopped taking instructions from coach Philippe Saint-André and will effectively coach themselves from now on. The same thing happened four years ago at the last World Cup, when coach Marc Lievremont was the victim of a revolt following a defeat to Tonga in the final match of the Pool stage.
Despite the uprising, Saint-Andre has made three changes to the side that lost to Ireland, with Bernard Le Roux, Morgan Parra and Alexandre Dumoulin replacing Damien Chouly, Sebastien Tillous-Borde and Mathieu Bastareaud. That means a bench spot for Rory Kockott, who is joined by Yannick Nyanga and Dimitri Szarzewski, both of whom missed the Ireland game.
In the 2011 World Cup, France lost 17-37 to New Zealand in the Pool stage but reached the final and were defeated 7-8 by the All Blacks once again. Les Blues now enter this fixture on the back of an eight-game losing streak to New Zealand that spans six years.
- 2013: New Zealand won 26-19 in Paris
- 2013: New Zealand won 24-9 in New Plymouth
- 2013: New Zealand won 30-0 in Christchurch
- 2013: New Zealand won 23-13 in Auckland
- 2011: New Zealand won 8-7 in Auckland
- 2011: New Zealand won 37-17 in Auckland
NEW ZEALAND v FRANCE STARTING XVs New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.
France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Noa Nakaitaci, 13 Alexandre Dumoulin, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Brice Dulin, 10 Frédéric Michalak, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Bernard le Roux, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Nicolas Mas, 19 Damien Chouly, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Rory Kockott, 22 Rémi Talès, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud
NEW ZEALAND v FRANCE BEST ODDS
|NEW ZEALAND|| 4.00 with||Bet £10, win £40.00|
|THE DRAW||34.00 with||Bet £10, win £340.00|
|FRANCE||7.00 with||Bet £10, win £70.00|
NEW ZEALAND v FRANCE PREDICTIONS
- Winner: New Zealand @ 5.00
- Winning Margin: New Zealand by 11-15 points @ 6.00
- Total Points: Over 40.5 points @ 1.91
- First scoring play: France penalty @ 2.88
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