France will be hoping to halt their losing run against the All Blacks when they welcome Steve Hansen’s outfit to Stade de France on Saturday.
Les Blues’ last win against the All Blacks came in June, 2009 in Dunedin, with New Zealand going on to win the next seven matches, including a hard-fought triumph in the 2011 World Cup Final.
And, to make matters worse for the hosts, Hansen has recalled most of his first-choice players and made nine alterations to his run-on side which claimed a 31-22 come-from-behind win over the Barbarians at Twickenham last weekend.
However, Hansen is taking nothing for granted, and expects the French to put up a good fight on home soil.
“This weekend is another opportunity for us to continue growing our standards, our game and our skill sets,” Hansen said.
“If we can do that and put in a complete 80-minute game we’ll go a long way to putting in a performance we can all be proud of.
“Having said that, France are an exciting team and playing France in Paris is one of the biggest challenges in rugby.”
France, on the other hand, have named a relatively experimental side, which could work in their favour if New Zealand are complacent.