All Blacks Next Game, Latest Odds and Analysis

All Blacks Next Game, Latest Odds and Analysis
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The Guinness might have been flowing in Dublin over the weekend, but it would have tasted very bitter for the All Blacks. They were humbled 29-20 by a fired-up Irish side in front of a thunderous Aviva Stadium crowd, making it the men in green’s third win in the last five meetings. This was their most complete win, bashing the All Blacks into submission and they were quite unlucky not to win by more.

So now the All Blacks head to Paris for their last test of the year and it will not be easy. Traditionally, the All Blacks bounce back strongly after a loss – they have only lost consecutive tests twice in the last decade. That’s why they are still favourites with all the best rugby betting sites, but not by the margin they would usually be taking into a game like this. Stade de France has been a highly successful venue for them too, having won every test they have ever played there.

There is now a ton of pressure on this test though. Another loss will raise some serious questions about the direction the team is heading in, due to the fact that we still don’t know exactly what the full strength lineup is. If they do get beaten by this quality French team, it will be a long summer wondering where it all went wrong on this tour.

What time is the next All Blacks game?

The All Blacks’ next game is against France and kicks off at 9:00am NZT, from Stade de France in Paris.



All Blacks squad

Forwards

  • Hookers: Asafo Aumua, Samisoni Taukei'aho and Codie Taylor.
  • Props: George Bower, Ethan de Groot, Nepo Laulala, Tyrel Lomax, Joe Moody, Angus Ta'avao, Karl Tu'inukuafe and Ofa Tuungafasi.
  • Locks: Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu and Tupou Vaa'i.
  • Loose forwards: Ethan Blackadder, Akira Ioane, Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papalii, Ardie Savea and Hoskins Sotutu.

Backs

  • Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, Finlay Christie, TJ Perenara and Brad Weber.
  • First five–eighths: Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo’unga.
  • Midfielders: Braydon Ennor, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown and Quinn Tupaea.
  • Outside backs: Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Will Jordan, Damian McKenzie and Sevu Reece.

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The physicality of the Irish test has resulted in a couple of untimely injuries, with Anton Lienert-Brown already ruled out of this weekend’s test. Beauden Barrett had to leave with a head knock and there will be plenty of sore bodies after the team had to make over 250 tackles against Ireland.

So that means there will be a reshuffle in the midfield, with the possibility of young Quinn Tupaea getting his biggest chance in a black jersey so far. David Havili has been solid rather than spectacular at second five, so that spot is wide open. Up front there will be a lot of soul searching and focus on hanging onto the ball, as the possession and territory stats against Ireland were woeful.

It is now highly likely that Aaron Smith will not only play but start against France. This means that he will go head to head with Antoine Dupont, with the two widely regarded as the two best halfbacks in the game right now. Smith had missed the entire tour so far on paternity leave, but the situation has necessitated this very long journey for just one test.

All Blacks Stats

This is the 62nd time the All Blacks and France have met in a test, with the All Blacks winning 48, France 12, and one draw in 2002.

Paris is actually one of the All Blacks’ most successful venues, with their last loss there coming way back in 1973. Since then they’ve had nine wins and a draw at Stade de France and down the road at Parc des Princes, which is the usual home of the Paris St Germain football club.

France haven’t beaten the All Blacks since 2009, however they came as close as possible in the 2011 World Cup final in Auckland, where they lost 8-7. They are famously the last team to have ever won on Eden Park against the All Blacks, all the way back in 1994 when they won a classic encounter 23-20.

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