France and New Zealand will butt heads in what is perhaps the most highly anticipated clash of the entire Autumn Nations Series on Saturday, 20 November.
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It’s also a dress rehearsal for the tournament opener of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris.
Both nations have been touted as potential finalists at that event, even despite being drawn together in Pool A and despite some hiccups throughout 2021.
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Kick-off is at 22:00 SA time.
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Damian Penaud goes into the weekend as one of four players from a Tier 1 team to have recorded tries in five 2021 internationals, but has scored first for France just once this year.
Of that quartet, New Zealand’s Will Jordan stands alone with nine internationals in which he has found the line.
The second half has been the highest scoring half in 74% of New Zealand’s last 19 matches.
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