Friday, September 22, 2023

France – New Zealand: time, line-up, TV broadcast… Shock news!

Rugby fans could not have dreamed of better: a France – New Zealand in the opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. While the Blues are going to start a World Cup at home where they are among the favorites, this inaugural poster will be marked by absentees on the XV side of France. Indeed, Romain Ntamack (forfeit for the competition) and Cyril Baille (forfeit for the first match) will be replaced by Matthieu Jalibert and Reda Wardi. This Wednesday noon, Fabien Galthié gave his list of players who will face the Blacks this Friday (at 9:15 p.m.). Uncertain after a hamstring injury, Jonathan Danty will also be absent while Yoram Moefana will take his place alongside Gaël Fickou. After the victory in the last preparation match against Australia on July 27, Fabien Galthié did not fail to praise the All-Blacks: “Since I’ve been told about the competition that will come, the thing I’m sure of is that the New Zealanders have just won the Rugby Championship. They remained on eleven victories in a row. For us, they remain the All Blacks, three-time World Cup winners. And over time, since rugby has existed, they have been the best team in the world. On September 8, we will have the best team in the world against us.”

On the New Zealand side, the Blacks approach this World Cup in second place in the world behind Ireland. Before facing the XV of France, the New Zealand coach returned to a press conference on Monday on the case of Jordie Barrett, injured in the left knee: “He has a glitch in his left knee. We preferred to preserve it. It’s only a small injury. We just don’t want to take any risks. We’ll wait to see how he reacts to treatment. He will receive other care tomorrow (Tuesday, editor’s note). We prefer to be careful, that’s all. We are only at the start of the week.” A major absence to be expected for the Blacks who will face the Blues then Brodie Retallick (knee), the third line Shannon Frizell (tendon) and the pillar Tyrel Lomax (leg) have already withdrawn for the shock. Expelled on August 25 during a big defeat of New Zealand against South Africa for a dangerous clearing, Scott Barrett will be present against the Blues.

What time does France – New Zealand start?

The kick-off of the first match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup between the XV of France and New Zealand is scheduled Friday September 8 at 9:15 p.m. at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis (France). The South African Jaco Peyper will be in charge of refereeing the match.

On which channel to watch France – New Zealand?

Holder of the TV rights for the Mondial with France Télévisions and M6, TF1 will broadcast the inaugural meeting between the XV of France and New Zealand.

How to follow France – New Zealand in streaming?

If you want to watch Les Bleus’ first match at the Rugby World Cup against the All-Blacks on your computer, smartphone or tablet, you will need to create an account on MyTF1.

What are the compositions of the XV of France and the All-Blacks?

France : Ramos – Penaud, Fickou, Moefana, Villière – (o) Jalibert, (m) Dupont – Ollivon, Alldritt, Cros – Flament, Woki – Atonio, Marchand, Wardi.

New Zealand (probable composition): Jordan – Fainga’anuku, Stevenson – Lienert-Brown, Ennor – (o) McKenzie, (m) Christie – Finau, Cane, Savea – S. Barrett, Whitelock – Williams, Taukei’aho, Laulala.

What are the predictions for France – New Zealand?

  • Betclic: France: 1.91 / Draw: 25.00 / New Zealand: 2.00
  • Bwin: France: 1.80 / Draw: 16.00 / New Zealand: 1.87
  • NetBet: France: 1.80 / Draw: 20.00 / New Zealand: 2.07
  • Unibet: France: 1.92 / Draw: 24.00 / New Zealand: 2.05


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