2018 France rugby union tour of New Zealand
Coach(es)Jacques Brunel
Tour captain(s)Mathieu Bastareaud
Summary
P W D L
Total
03 00 00 03
Test match
03 00 00 03
Opponent
P W D L
 New Zealand
3 0 0 3
Tour chronology
Previous tourSouth Africa 2017
Next tourTBA

In June 2018, France played a three-test series against New Zealand as part of the 2018 mid-year rugby union tests. The series was part of the sixth year of the global rugby calendar established by World Rugby, which runs through to 2019.[1]

Fixtures

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
9 June 2018 Eden Park, Auckland New Zealand  52–11  France
16 June 2018 Westpac Stadium, Wellington New Zealand  26–13  France
23 June 2018 Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin New Zealand  49–14  France

Squads

Note: Ages, caps and clubs are as per 9 June, the first test match of the tour.

France

On 22 May, Brunel named a 32-man squad ahead of France's three-test series against New Zealand.[2]

On 27 May, Sébastien Taofifenua was called up to the squad to replace the injured Eddy Ben Arous.[3]

On 10 June, Rémy Grosso was declared forfait for the rest of the tour.[4]

Coaching team:

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Pierre Bougarit Hooker (1997-09-12)12 September 1997 (aged 20) 0 France La Rochelle
Camille Chat Hooker (1995-12-18)18 December 1995 (aged 22) 11 France Racing 92
Adrien Pélissié Hooker (1990-08-07)7 August 1990 (aged 27) 5 France Bordeaux Bègles
Uini Atonio Prop (1990-03-26)26 March 1990 (aged 28) 28 France La Rochelle
Cyril Baille Prop (1993-09-15)15 September 1993 (aged 24) 8 France Toulouse
Eddy Ben Arous Prop (1990-08-25)25 August 1990 (aged 27) 20 France Racing 92
Cedate Gomes Sa Prop (1993-08-07)7 August 1993 (aged 24) 5 France Racing 92
Dany Priso Prop (1994-01-02)2 January 1994 (aged 24) 4 France La Rochelle
Rabah Slimani Prop (1989-10-18)18 October 1989 (aged 28) 46 France Clermont Auvergne
Sébastien Taofifénua Prop (1992-03-21)21 March 1992 (aged 26) 2 France Bordeaux Bègles
Paul Gabrillagues Lock (1993-06-03)3 June 1993 (aged 25) 7 France Stade Français
Félix Lambey Lock (1994-03-15)15 March 1994 (aged 24) 0 France Lyon
Yoann Maestri Lock (1988-01-14)14 January 1988 (aged 30) 59 France Toulouse
Mathieu Babillot Flanker (1993-09-09)9 September 1993 (aged 24) 1 France Castres
Judicaël Cancoriet Flanker (1996-04-25)25 April 1996 (aged 22) 3 France Clermont Auvergne
Kevin Gourdon Flanker (1990-01-23)23 January 1990 (aged 28) 16 France La Rochelle
Alexandre Lapandry Flanker (1989-04-13)13 April 1989 (aged 29) 10 France Clermont Auvergne
Bernard Le Roux Flanker (1989-06-04)4 June 1989 (aged 29) 29 France Racing 92
Fabien Sanconnie Flanker (1995-02-21)21 February 1995 (aged 23) 3 France Brive
Kélian Galletier Number 8 (1992-03-18)18 March 1992 (aged 26) 3 France Montpellier
Morgan Parra Scrum-half (1988-11-15)15 November 1988 (aged 29) 66 France Clermont Auvergne
Baptiste Serin Scrum-half (1994-06-20)20 June 1994 (aged 23) 17 France Bordeaux Bègles
Anthony Belleau Fly-half (1996-04-08)8 April 1996 (aged 22) 4 France Toulon
Jules Plisson Fly-half (1991-08-20)20 August 1991 (aged 26) 15 France Stade Français
Mathieu Bastareaud (c) Centre (1988-09-17)17 September 1988 (aged 29) 45 France Toulon
Geoffrey Doumayrou Centre (1989-09-16)16 September 1989 (aged 28) 6 France La Rochelle
Gaël Fickou Centre (1994-03-26)26 March 1994 (aged 24) 35 France Toulouse
Wesley Fofana Centre (1988-01-20)20 January 1988 (aged 30) 44 France Clermont Auvergne
Rémi Lamerat Centre (1990-01-14)14 January 1990 (aged 28) 18 France Clermont Auvergne
Benjamin Fall Wing (1989-03-03)3 March 1989 (aged 29) 10 France Montpellier
Rémy Grosso Wing (1988-12-04)4 December 1988 (aged 29) 4 France Clermont Auvergne
Teddy Thomas Wing (1993-09-18)18 September 1993 (aged 24) 10 France Racing 92
Hugo Bonneval Fullback (1990-11-19)19 November 1990 (aged 27) 11 France Toulon
Maxime Médard Fullback (1986-11-16)16 November 1986 (aged 31) 47 France Toulouse

New Zealand

On 20 May, Hansen named a 33-man squad ahead of the All Blacks' three-test June Series against France (9 June, 16 June, and 23 June).[5]

Liam Coltman and Akira Ioane were included in the squad as precautionary injury cover.

On 1 June, Sonny Bill Williams was ruled out of the series due to a knee injury.[6]

On 4 June, Tom Franklin, Luke Romano and Matt Todd were called up as injury cover, with Romano covering for Brodie Retallick who was ruled out of the first test.[7]

All squad members play rugby in New Zealand.

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Franchise / province
Nathan Harris Hooker (1992-03-08)8 March 1992 (aged 26) 11 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
Codie Taylor Hooker (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 27) 29 Crusaders / Canterbury
Owen Franks Prop (1987-12-23)23 December 1987 (aged 30) 95 Crusaders / Canterbury
Joe Moody Prop (1988-09-18)18 September 1988 (aged 29) 31 Crusaders / Canterbury
Tim Perry Prop (1988-08-01)1 August 1988 (aged 29) 0 Crusaders / Tasman
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen Prop (1990-11-19)19 November 1990 (aged 27) 1 Hurricanes / Wellington
Karl Tu'inukuafe Prop (1993-02-21)21 February 1993 (aged 25) 0 Chiefs / North Harbour
Ofa Tu'ungafasi Prop (1992-04-19)19 April 1992 (aged 26) 14 Blues / Auckland
Scott Barrett Lock (1993-11-20)20 November 1993 (aged 24) 16 Crusaders / Taranaki
Tom Franklin Lock (1990-08-13)13 August 1990 (aged 27) 0 Highlanders / Otago
Brodie Retallick Lock (1991-05-31)31 May 1991 (aged 27) 68 Chiefs / Hawke's Bay
Luke Romano Lock (1986-02-16)16 February 1986 (aged 32) 31 Crusaders / Canterbury
Sam Whitelock (c) Lock (1988-10-12)12 October 1988 (aged 29) 96 Crusaders / Canterbury
Sam Cane Flanker (1992-01-13)13 January 1992 (aged 26) 53 Chiefs / Bay of Plenty
Vaea Fifita Flanker (1992-06-17)17 June 1992 (aged 25) 5 Hurricanes / Wellington
Shannon Frizell Flanker (1994-02-11)11 February 1994 (aged 24) 0 Highlanders / Tasman
Ardie Savea Flanker (1993-10-14)14 October 1993 (aged 24) 22 Hurricanes / Wellington
Liam Squire Flanker (1991-03-20)20 March 1991 (aged 27) 15 Highlanders / Tasman
Matt Todd Flanker (1988-03-24)24 March 1988 (aged 30) 13 Crusaders / Canterbury
Jordan Taufua Number 8 (1992-01-29)29 January 1992 (aged 26) 0 Crusaders / Counties Manukau
Luke Whitelock Number 8 (1991-01-29)29 January 1991 (aged 27) 2 Highlanders / Canterbury
TJ Perenara Half-back (1992-01-23)23 January 1992 (aged 26) 42 Hurricanes / Wellington
Aaron Smith Half-back (1988-11-21)21 November 1988 (aged 29) 71 Highlanders / Manawatu
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi Half-back (1995-03-31)31 March 1995 (aged 23) 0 Chiefs / Taranaki
Beauden Barrett First five-eighth (1991-05-27)27 May 1991 (aged 27) 62 Hurricanes / Taranaki
Damian McKenzie First five-eighth (1995-04-25)25 April 1995 (aged 23) 12 Chiefs / Waikato
Richie Mo'unga First five-eighth (1994-05-25)25 May 1994 (aged 24) 0 Crusaders / Canterbury
Ryan Crotty Centre (1988-09-23)23 September 1988 (aged 29) 35 Crusaders / Canterbury
Jack Goodhue Centre (1995-07-13)13 July 1995 (aged 22) 0 Crusaders / Northland
Ngani Laumape Centre (1993-04-22)22 April 1993 (aged 25) 4 Hurricanes / Manawatu
Anton Lienert-Brown Centre (1995-04-15)15 April 1995 (aged 23) 22 Chiefs / Waikato
Sonny Bill Williams Centre (1985-08-03)3 August 1985 (aged 32) 46 Blues / Counties Manukau
Rieko Ioane Wing (1997-03-18)18 March 1997 (aged 21) 13 Blues / Auckland
Nehe Milner-Skudder Wing (1990-12-15)15 December 1990 (aged 27) 11 Hurricanes / Manawatu
Waisake Naholo Wing (1991-05-08)8 May 1991 (aged 27) 18 Highlanders / Taranaki
Jordie Barrett Fullback (1997-02-17)17 February 1997 (aged 21) 2 Hurricanes / Taranaki
Ben Smith Fullback (1986-06-01)1 June 1986 (aged 32) 64 Highlanders / Otago

Matches

First test

9 June 2018
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  52–11  France
Try: B. Barrett 21' m
Taylor 52' c
B. Smith 55' c
Ioane (2) 61' m, 74' m
McKenzie 63' m
Laumape 66' m
Savea 78' c
Con: B. Barrett (3/8) 54', 57', 80'
Pen: B. Barrett (2/3) 13', 47'
Report Try: Grosso 6' m
Pen: Parra (2/3) 19', 35'
Eden Park, Auckland[8]
Attendance: 45,850
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
FB 15 Jordie Barrett downward-facing red arrow 60'
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown
IC 12 Ryan Crotty downward-facing red arrow 60'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Beauden Barrett
SH 9 Aaron Smith downward-facing red arrow 65'
N8 8 Luke Whitelock downward-facing red arrow 72'
OF 7 Sam Cane red cross icon 63' to 72' downward-facing red arrow 74'
BF 6 Liam Squire
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Sam Whitelock (c)
TP 3 Owen Franks downward-facing red arrow 57'
HK 2 Codie Taylor downward-facing red arrow 65'
LP 1 Joe Moody downward-facing red arrow 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Harris upward-facing green arrow 65'
PR 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe upward-facing green arrow 45'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi upward-facing green arrow 57'
FL 19 Vaea Fifita upward-facing green arrow 72'
FL 20 Ardie Savea upward-facing green arrow 63' downward-facing red arrow 72' upward-facing green arrow 74'
SH 21 TJ Perenara upward-facing green arrow 65'
FH 22 Damian McKenzie upward-facing green arrow 60'
CE 23 Ngani Laumape upward-facing green arrow 60'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Maxime Médard
RW 14 Teddy Thomas
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (c)
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou
LW 11 Rémy Grosso downward-facing red arrow 58'
FH 10 Anthony Belleau downward-facing red arrow 60'
SH 9 Morgan Parra downward-facing red arrow 60'
N8 8 Fabien Sanconnie
OF 7 Kevin Gourdon
BF 6 Judicaël Cancoriet downward-facing red arrow 60'
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Paul Gabrillagues yellow card 50' to 60' downward-facing red arrow 68'
TP 3 Uini Atonio downward-facing red arrow 43'
HK 2 Camille Chat downward-facing red arrow 60'
LP 1 Dany Priso downward-facing red arrow 54'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié upward-facing green arrow 60'
PR 17 Cyril Baille upward-facing green arrow 54'
PR 18 Rabah Slimani upward-facing green arrow 43'
FL 19 Bernard Le Roux upward-facing green arrow 68'
FL 20 Alexandre Lapandry upward-facing green arrow 60'
SH 21 Baptiste Serin upward-facing green arrow 60'
FH 22 Jules Plisson upward-facing green arrow 60'
CE 23 Gaël Fickou upward-facing green arrow 58'
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Codie Taylor (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
John Lacey (Ireland)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

Second test

16 June 2018
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  26–13  France
Try: Moody 12' c
B. Smith 19' c
J. Barrett (2) 39' c, 56' m
Con: McKenzie (3/4) 13', 19', 40'
Report Try: Gomes Sa 80' c
Con: Plisson (1/1) 80'
Pen: Parra (2/2) 10', 30'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 34,422
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
FB 15 Jordie Barrett
RW 14 Ben Smith
OC 13 Anton Lienert-Brown downward-facing red arrow 57' upward-facing green arrow 71'
IC 12 Ryan Crotty downward-facing red arrow 71'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Beauden Barrett downward-facing red arrow 11'
SH 9 Aaron Smith downward-facing red arrow 54'
N8 8 Luke Whitelock
OF 7 Sam Cane downward-facing red arrow 43'
BF 6 Liam Squire downward-facing red arrow 40'
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Sam Whitelock (c)
TP 3 Owen Franks downward-facing red arrow 33'
HK 2 Codie Taylor downward-facing red arrow 50'
LP 1 Joe Moody downward-facing red arrow 45'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Harris upward-facing green arrow 50'
PR 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe upward-facing green arrow 45'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi upward-facing green arrow 33'
FL 19 Vaea Fifita upward-facing green arrow 40'
FL 20 Ardie Savea upward-facing green arrow 43'
SH 21 TJ Perenara yellow card 62' to 72' upward-facing green arrow 54'
FH 22 Damian McKenzie upward-facing green arrow 11'
CE 23 Ngani Laumape upward-facing green arrow 57'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Benjamin Fall Red card 11'
RW 14 Teddy Thomas
OC 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (c)
IC 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou downward-facing red arrow 61'
LW 11 Gaël Fickou
FH 10 Anthony Belleau downward-facing red arrow 71'
SH 9 Morgan Parra downward-facing red arrow 54'
N8 8 Kevin Gourdon
OF 7 Kélian Galletier downward-facing red arrow 64'
BF 6 Mathieu Babillot
RL 5 Yoann Maestri downward-facing red arrow 57'
LL 4 Bernard Le Roux
TP 3 Uini Atonio downward-facing red arrow 47'
HK 2 Camille Chat downward-facing red arrow 57'
LP 1 Dany Priso downward-facing red arrow 47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Pierre Bougarit upward-facing green arrow 57'
PR 17 Cyril Baille upward-facing green arrow 47'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa upward-facing green arrow 47'
LK 19 Paul Gabrillagues upward-facing green arrow 57'
FL 20 Alexandre Lapandry upward-facing green arrow 64'
SH 21 Baptiste Serin upward-facing green arrow 54'
FH 22 Jules Plisson upward-facing green arrow 71'
FB 23 Maxime Médard upward-facing green arrow 61'
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
John Lacey (Ireland)
Luke Pearce (England)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

Third test

23 June 2018
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  49–14  France
Try: B. Smith 15' c
Todd 22' c
McKenzie (2) 31' c, 46' c
Ioane (3) 52' c, 58' c, 64' c
Con: McKenzie (7/7) 16', 23', 32', 47', 53', 59', 65'
Try: Serin 11' c
Fofana 27' c
Con: Belleau (2/2) 12', 28'
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
FB 15 Ben Smith
RW 14 Waisake Naholo
OC 13 Jack Goodhue
IC 12 Sonny Bill Williams downward-facing red arrow 57'
LW 11 Rieko Ioane
FH 10 Damian McKenzie downward-facing red arrow 69'
SH 9 Aaron Smith downward-facing red arrow 63'
N8 8 Luke Whitelock
OF 7 Ardie Savea red cross icon 21' to 30'
BF 6 Shannon Frizell
RL 5 Scott Barrett
LL 4 Sam Whitelock (c) downward-facing red arrow 69'
TP 3 Owen Franks downward-facing red arrow 45'
HK 2 Codie Taylor downward-facing red arrow 71'
LP 1 Joe Moody downward-facing red arrow 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Liam Coltman upward-facing green arrow 71'
PR 17 Karl Tu'inukuafe upward-facing green arrow 63'
PR 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi upward-facing green arrow 45'
LK 19 Jackson Hemopo upward-facing green arrow 21' downward-facing red arrow 30' upward-facing green arrow 69'
FL 20 Matt Todd upward-facing green arrow 16'
SH 21 TJ Perenara upward-facing green arrow 63'
FH 22 Richie Mo'unga upward-facing green arrow 69'
FB 23 Jordie Barrett upward-facing green arrow 57'
Coach:
New Zealand Steve Hansen
FB 15 Benjamin Fall downward-facing red arrow 47' upward-facing green arrow 59'
RW 14 Teddy Thomas downward-facing red arrow 63'
OC 13 Rémi Lamerat downward-facing red arrow 74'
IC 12 Wesley Fofana
LW 11 Gaël Fickou
FH 10 Anthony Belleau
SH 9 Morgan Parra (c) downward-facing red arrow 7'
N8 8 Kevin Gourdon downward-facing red arrow 50'
OF 7 Kélian Galletier
BF 6 Mathieu Babillot
RL 5 Yoann Maestri
LL 4 Bernard Le Roux downward-facing red arrow 63'
TP 3 Uini Atonio downward-facing red arrow 50'
HK 2 Camille Chat red cross icon 44' to 48' downward-facing red arrow 63'
LP 1 Dany Priso downward-facing red arrow 50'
Replacements:
HK 16 Adrien Pélissié upward-facing green arrow 44' downward-facing red arrow 48' upward-facing green arrow 63'
PR 17 Cyril Baille upward-facing green arrow 50'
PR 18 Cedate Gomes Sa upward-facing green arrow 50'
LK 19 Félix Lambey upward-facing green arrow 63'
FL 20 Alexandre Lapandry upward-facing green arrow 50'
SH 21 Baptiste Serin upward-facing green arrow 7'
FH 22 Jules Plisson upward-facing green arrow 74'
FB 23 Maxime Médard upward-facing green arrow 47' downward-facing red arrow 59' upward-facing green arrow 63'
Coach:
France Jacques Brunel

Man of the Match:
Scott Barrett (New Zealand)

Touch judges:
Angus Gardner (Australia)
Graham Cooper (Australia)
Television match official:
George Ayoub (Australia)

Notes:

See also

References

  1. ^ "IRB approve new 10-year playing schedule". Rugby Week. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. ^ XV de France : Le groupe pour la tournée
  3. ^ XV de France : Ben Arous forfait
  4. ^ XV de France : Grosso forfait !
  5. ^ All Blacks squad named for 2018 Steinlager Series
  6. ^ Sonny Bill Williams out of Steinlager Series
  7. ^ All Blacks call in Luke Romano, Tom Franklin and Matt Todd as Brodie Retallick ruled out
  8. ^ "2018 Test match venues announced". 25 August 2017. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.