Wellington - New Zealand's shock loss to France at the 2007
World Cup continues to burn deep with the All Blacks drawing on the defeat as
motivation for the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.
The world champions expect a French backlash after last
week's first Test thrashing, and said the 20-18 defeat in the World Cup
quarter-finals 11 years ago had taught them never to underestimate their
It condemned the All Blacks to their earliest exit at a
World Cup - just four months after they had beaten France 42-11 and 61-10 in a
two-Test home series.
That, according to head coach Steve Hansen, is why last
week's runaway 52-11 over France in Auckland was no indication of how the
second Test will pan out.
"We worked that out in half-an-hour sitting
despondently in a changing shed in Cardiff," Hansen said on Thursday after
naming an unchanged side, referring to the 2007 game.
French coach Jacques Brunel has made five changes and while
he downplayed the chance of an upset he said Les Bleus "will not make it
easy" for the All Blacks this time.
"We want to win, but first it will be necessary to stem
(the All Blacks attack)."
In a loose-forward shake-up, Brunel has rushed Kelian
Galletier and Mathieu Babillot into the starting line-up, replacing Judicael
Cancoriet and Fabien Sanconnie, while Kevin Gourdon, who started on the flank
in Auckland, moves to the backrow.
Galletier and Babillot were late arrivals in New Zealand
after playing in the Top 14 final between Castres and Montpellier, along with
Benjamin Fall, who takes over the fullback role from Maxime Medard.
Gael Fickou comes into the side for injured wing Remy
Grosso, who suffered a tour-ending double facial fracture in the first Test.
"We made big mistakes (last week). We cannot do that
against the All Blacks," Brunel added.
However, Hansen said he was trying not to read too much into
last week's result.
"One of the big lessons we learned (in Cardiff) was
that if you don't plan for the unexpected then you're going to get smacked by
it and ever since that day we've always expected the unexpected to
happen," he said.
"Whilst it was a painful moment in All Blacks history,
particularly for the people involved in it, me being one of them, I think that
game has had a significant bearing on what's happened since."
New Zealand have played 138 Tests since that fateful day,
winning 120 including two World Cups for an 87 percent success rate.
The losses include being beaten by France the next time they
met, in Dunedin two years later, but they have won all 12 clashes since.
Despite New Zealand's dominance over the past nine years,
Hansen believed France would take confidence from being ahead until early in
the second half in Auckland, before the All Blacks scored two tries while lock
Paul Gabrillagues was in the sin bin.
"There's been a lot of talk about the yellow card and
how that changed the game and I think they'll think they're in the fight, so
they'll come with plenty to play for and we'll have to step it up a notch or
two," Hansen said.
"They'll try and slow the game down. That's the pace
they want to play at and we want to play full bore with accuracy. That's our
"If it comes off it doesn't matter who you play, when
you play that game well you can rip anyone apart."
15 Jordie Barrett; 14 Ben Smith, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane; 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith; 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire; 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock; 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tui'inukuake, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Ngani Laumape
15 Benjamin Fall, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud (captain), 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Gael Fickou, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Kelian Gourdon, 7 Kélian Galletier, 6 Mathieu Babillot, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Bernard le Roux, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Dany Priso
Substitutes: 16 Pierre Bourgarit, 17 Cyril Baille, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Alexandre Lapandry, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Maxime Médard