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As it happened: France 41-18 Canada

2015-10-01 22:49
Last Updated at 13:37
01 Oct 22:51

That's fulltime!

France win convincingly on the scoreboard, 41-18, but it was a lot closer than that score reflects.

A great game of rugby as France make it 3/3.

Veteran flyhalf Freddie Michalak named Man of the Match.

01 Oct 22:48

Just over a minute to go and the match has gotten a bit scrappy now.

France going for one last try with a kick into opposition 22m.

01 Oct 22:47

77' Parra attempts a cross kick but it's slightly too far for Spedding - who attempts to volley the oval ball...

Good thing he plays rugby and not soccer.

01 Oct 22:47

76' The crowd still enjoying this one and filling the stadium in song.

It's been a fantastic game of rugby - France have proved to be far too clinical on attack but the guts shown by Canada will have impressed the neutrals.

01 Oct 22:45

Reserve scrumhalf Morgan Parra bangs the conversion over from right on the corner line!

Great nudge that!

01 Oct 22:44
TRY is awarded! Good finishing by debut winger Remy Grosso!
01 Oct 22:44

It's closer than I though originally but still looks good.

Did his foot go in touch before he dotted down?

01 Oct 22:43
TRY! The TMO will confirm it but it looks like number five has been scored for France.
01 Oct 22:40

A seven man Canada scrum has just won a penalty.

Take a bow!

01 Oct 22:40

71' The referee has had enough and Dala is sent to the sin bin for a cynical foul.

He had to go after trying to slow the ball down just inches short of the line...

01 Oct 22:38
70' A collapsed scrum means France will attack from deep into the Canadian 22m...
01 Oct 22:37

69' Oh no! The men in red are denied.

Quick tap penalty by Canada comes to naught as a forward pass is called.

And the break was on there!

01 Oct 22:34

Michalak converts!

France lead by 16 points now...

01 Oct 22:34

The TMO agrees and the try is awarded!

The bonus point is in the bag for France!

01 Oct 22:33
Has Pascal Papé scored? I think so!
01 Oct 22:33
The TMO has been called in to see if a try has been scored...
01 Oct 22:32
66' France are centimetres short...
01 Oct 22:32
Brett Beukeboom blown up for collapsing the maul - he tackled the maul...silly!
01 Oct 22:31

64' France capitalise from a Canadian mistake.

And the Blues have a lineout with 20m to go.

Canada's number 9 - Mack - is having a stormer! You go son!

01 Oct 22:29
Evan Olmstead and Harry Jones the men who are receiving the praise for denying the burly French centre.
01 Oct 22:28

What a tackle!

Bastareaud knocks on with less than a metre to go...

01 Oct 22:27

62' Penalties flowing now as Ray Barkwill doesn't support his body weight and gives away a penalty.

France kick to the corner.

01 Oct 22:25
61' Thierry Dusautoir - who's been quiet tonight - wins the turnover and a penalty.
01 Oct 22:24
Into the final twenty minutes we go...
01 Oct 22:23

Michalak restores the nine point lead.

The crowd certainly wants an upset here.

01 Oct 22:22

57' Canada penalised for slowing the ball down at the ruck.

France were struggling to get over the advantage line but now have a shot at goal.

01 Oct 22:20

55' Penalty attempt is successful.

France now lead 24-18 after Canada's number 10 knocks it over.

01 Oct 22:19

54' Canada with a chance to move within 6 points after France ruled offside.

Can Hirayama knock this one over?

01 Oct 22:18

53' Again Spedding gives away possession, just a scrum on this occassion.

Djustice Sears-Duru - the replacement prop for Canada - is making his presence felt!

01 Oct 22:16

52' Spedding holds onto the ball on the ground as France move towards the halfway line.

Canada with the lineout now...

01 Oct 22:15

50' Canada are still in this as they continue to give as good as they get.

Dala has been immense since coming on.

01 Oct 22:14

49' It's all happening out there!

Big hits, popped passes with one hand and even passes through the legs.

Hirayama returns normality with a long kick which results in 22m drop out for France.

01 Oct 22:11

47' Canada pull one over France.

No maul formed from the lineout and Canada win the penalty.

01 Oct 22:10

Bit of argy-bargy after Canada's scrum is man-handled.

France kick their penalty into Canada's 22m.

01 Oct 22:10

45' Mistake after mistake.

Jamie Cudmore wins the turnover but MacKenzie can't handle the pass and France escape.

01 Oct 22:08

Canada win a free kick for an early engagement from the scrum, they kick into French territory but give away a penalty.

The second half has had plenty of mistakes.

01 Oct 22:07

44' Canada give away a scrum for a forward pass

01 Oct 22:07

43' Aimless kick allows Canada to mark the ball in their 22m, they don't find touch.

France then attack before kicking away possession again...

01 Oct 22:05

41' Hirayama slots it.

24-15 to France

01 Oct 22:04
41' Great start for Canada - they start with a penalty right out in front and on the 22m
01 Oct 22:03
Second forty is underway...
01 Oct 21:49

France lead at the break

Canada roared back into the contest with two tries but it's France who lead 24-12 at half time.

Can the North Americans play the next 40mins like they played the last 20?

01 Oct 21:48

France win the turnover and opt to kick it out to end the half.

No counter attack from deep inside their half for a change.

01 Oct 21:47
30 seconds left in the half and Canada have an attacking scrum after a simple knock on by Sebastien Tillous-Borde
01 Oct 21:46
Michalak adds the extras and France lead by 12.
01 Oct 21:45

Too easy as the maul peeled off the original take and the prop is over.

Decision to kick for corner is vindicated!

01 Oct 21:45
Rabah Slimani scores for France!
01 Oct 21:43

36' France hit back now and win a penalty after a Canadian prop gives away a ruck penalty.

France opt against taking the three and kick to the corner - the crowd approves of that decision!

01 Oct 21:41
Bit of a costly mistake as Hirayama misses the conversion which was easier than his first one...
01 Oct 21:40

Aaron Carpenter scores for Canada!

What a game we have here!

 
  • 80'

    Canada now win a penalty after France are pinged for an illegal infringement at the break-down. Canada take the quick tap and take play up to France's 22. They spill the ball in contact however. That's the game. A sloppy ending to a spectacular match of running rugby. France have their third win as Canada are still searching for their first!

  • 80'

    FRANCE 41 CANADA 18

  • 79'

    Canada attack from a line-out on France's 10 metre mark. They go through the phases with their forwards. France win another penalty after Canada are pinged for an illegal infringement at the breakdown.

  • 77'

    France have the put in to the scrum just outside their 22.

  • 75'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, PARRA. 41-18. Parra adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 74'

    Canada attack from deep inside their own half. They swing the ball wide to Hirayama, but he spills the ball however, and France will have another attacking scrum.

  • 74'

    TRY, FRANCE, GROSSO. 39-18. France swing the ball wide from the scrum to Remy Grosso on the wing and he goes over in the left hand corner for France's fifth try! Beautiful handling by the Frenchmen.

  • 73'

    Canada win a crucial penalty after France are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Hirayama finds touch just outside their 22.

  • 72'

    YELLOW CARD, CANADA, DALA. France swing the ball wide from the line-out. They go through the phases with their forwards. Nanyak Dala will spend 10 minutes in the sin bin after deliberately killing the ball at the breakdown.

  • 71'

    France win the penalty after Canada are pinged for illegal scrummaging .Michalak finds touch 5 metres from Canada's try-line.

  • 70'

    Canada win a free kick and they take the quick tap and swing the ball wide, but they make a hash of it as the receiving pass is forward. Scrum France on halfway.

  • 69'

    The restart is gathered by France. They go through the phases and take play up to halfway. Bastareaud slips through a gap but it comes to nothing as he yet again spills the ball in contact.

  • 67'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, MICHALAK. 34-18. Michalak adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 66'

    France set up a driving maul inside Canada's 22. Mackenzie is pinged for collapsing the maul and Michalak finds touch 5 metres from Canada's try-line.

  • 66'

    TRY, FRANCE, PAPE. 32-18. France set up the driving maul once again. They rumble forward but they are brought to ground inches from the try-line. Pascal Pape picks up from the base of the ruck and that's France's bonus point try!

  • 65'

    Canada attack from deep inside their own half. They swing the ball wide and make a hash of it. Sloppy play at the moment!

  • 63'

    France set up the driving maul but they are brought to ground inches away from the whitewash. They swing the ball wide to Mathieu Bastareaud who spills the ball in contact.

  • 62'

    France win another penalty after Canada are pinged for going off their feet at the breakdown. Michalak finds touch 5 metres from Canada's try-line.

  • 61'

    Thierry Dusautoir wins a penalty for France on halfway after Canada are pinged for holding onto the ball at the breakdown. Michalak finds touch on Canada's 10 metres mark.

  • 60'

    France take play up to halfway with some slick handling out wide. More urgency from the French as they keep probing.

  • 59'

    PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK. 27-18. France are back on the attack as they take play up to Canada's 22. They win a penalty after Canada are pinged for an illegal infringement at the breakdown. Michalack will have a shot at goal. His kick is good!

  • 57'

    France counter from deep inside their own half. They patiently go through the forwards, before Michalack kicks away possession.

  • 55'

    PENALTY, CANADA, HIRAYAMA. 24-18. Canada swing the ball wide from the scrum. They make good headway and they win a penalty after France are caught in an offside position at the breakdown. Hirayama will have a shot at goal from about 35 metres out. His kick is good!

  • 54'

    Canada are back on the attack. Mack gives a no look chip through and France run the ball back. They make a hash of it however as they spill the ball in contact. Scrum Canada.

  • 52'

    France have the put in to the scrum inside their 22. They attack from deep inside their own half but it comes to nothing as they are pinged for holding on to the ball on the ground.

  • 50'

    Canada attack from deep inside their own half. They take play up to France's 22.

  • 48'

    Canada have the put in to the scrum inside their 22 after France made a hash of their rolling maul.

  • 47'

    Brilliant scrum by France as they win a penalty after Canada are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Michalak finds touch 5 metres from Canada's try-line.

  • 46'

    Canada win a vital turnover inside their 22. They swing the ball wide to Mackenzie but it's a poor pass as he spills the ball. Scrum France.

  • 45'

    France win a penalty after Canada are pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown. Michalack finds touch about 5 metres from Canada's 22.

  • 45'

    France win a penalty after Canada are pinged for not rolling away at the breakdown. Michalack finds touch about 5 metres from Canada's 22.

  • 44'

    France attack from deep inside their own half but they are met by a wall of red defenders. Mackenzie gathers the kick from Tillous-Borde but his pass is forward however. Canada win a penalty after France are pinged for illegal scrummaging.

  • 44'

    France attack from deep inside their own half but they are met by a wall of red defenders. Mackenzie gathers the kick from Tillous-Borde but his pass is forward however. Canada win a penalty after France are pinged for illegal scrummaging.

  • 42'

    PENALTY, CANADA, HIRAYAMA. 24-15. Canada win a penalty after France are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Hirayama will have a shot at goal right in-front of poles. His kick is good!

  • 41'

    Hirayama gets the second half underway. His kick is deep and it's a sloppy start by France as they spill the ball. Scrum Canada.

  • 40'

    Canada patiently go through the phases with their forwards as they take play up to Canada's 22, but it comes to nothing however as France make the turnover and France has had enough as they kick the ball into touch. That's halftime as the players head into the shed for a well deserved break.

  • 40'

    FRANCE 24 CANADA 12

  • 39'

    Tillous-Borde spills the ball at the ensuing ruck. Scrum Canada inside France's half.

  • 38'

    TRY, FRANCE, SLIMANI. 22-12. France set up the driving maul. They rumble forward and Rabah Slimani goes over for his first try of the match!

  • 38'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, MICHALAK. 24-12. Michalack adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 37'

    France searching for another try before halftime as they take play up to Canada's 22. France win a penalty after Wooldridge is pinged for not releasing the player on the ground at the ruck. Michalak finds touch 5 metres from Canada's try-line.

  • 34'

    TRY, CANADA, CARPENTER. 17-12. Canda are on the attack once again as they take play up to France's 22. They patiently go through the phases. Aaron Carpenter picks up from the base of the ruck and he scores a pushover try!! What a comeback by Canada. Hirayama's conversion is pushed to the right of the uprights.

  • 32'

    CONVERSION, CANADA, HIRAYAMA. 17-7. Hirayama adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 31'

    TRY, CANADA, VAN DER MERWE. 17-5. Hearn gathers the restart and now Canada are on the attack 5 metres from France's try-line. They swing the ball wide to Evans who offloads to DTH van der Merwe who scores!!! What a try!

  • 29'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, MICHALAK. 17-0. Michalak adds the extras from the kicking tee.

  • 28'

    TRY, FRANCE, GUIRADO. 15-0. France swing the ball wide and Fofana nearly breaks the tackle. France set up a driving maul from broken play they rumble forward and try!! Guilhem Guirado scores a pushover try from the back of the maul.

  • 27'

    Mack feeds to Hirayama from the base of the ruck and he brings some relief with his clearance as he finds touch just outside their 22.

  • 25'

    Michalak makes another incredible break as he looks for options on his outside. He chips the ball through to Fofana who spills the ball. Scrum Canada.

  • 24'

    Canada have the put in to the scrum 5 metres from their try-line. They string a few phases together before Mack clears with a box kick.

  • 22'

    France are back on the attack as they rumble forward into Canada's 22. Canada win the turnover however.

  • 21'

    France set up the driving maul but they are brought to ground by the Canadian pack. Canada win the penalty after France are pinged for a side entry at the ruck.

  • 20'

    France swing the ball wide and win a penalty after Wooldridge is pinged for a high tackle. Michalak finds touch inside Canada''s 22.

  • 19'

    Canada are on the attack but they make little headway. France now make the turnover and now they run the ball out of their own half!

  • 17'

    Canada are rumbling forward and they take play up to France''s 22. Hirayama drops back in the pocket and attempts a a drop-goal, but it''s a poor strike.

  • 16'

    Spedding gathers the restart and now France string a few phases together. Before Tillous-Borde's box kick is charged down. France have the throw in at the line-out before Tillous-Borde tries his luck again and brings some relief with his clearance kick.

  • 14'

    PENALTY, FRANCE, MICHALAK. 10-0. France win a penalty after Canada are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Michalak will have a shot at goal from about 30 metres out. His kick is good!

  • 12'

    Canada are struggling to contain their line-out ball. France have an attacking scrum inside Canada's half.

  • 11'

    Spedding brings some relief for France with his clearance kick as he finds touch on halfway!

  • 10'

    Canda are testing France's defence as they take play up to France's 22. They spill the ball in contact however.

  • 9'

    Canada win a penalty after France are pinged for not releasing the player at the ruck. Hirayama finds touch 5 metres from France's try-line. They swing the ball wide and now they surge forward, but France make a vital turnover.

  • 7'

    Canada win a penalty after France are pinged for being offside at the ensuing ruck. Hirayama finds touch just outside France's 22. They make a hash of the line-out however.

  • 5'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, MICHALAK. 7-0. Michalak adds the extras from the kicking tee!

  • 4'

    TRY, FRANCE, FOFANA. 5-0. Hirayama hoofs the ball down field. Now france counter. They swing the ball wide to Michalak who makes a clean break and finds Wesley Fofana on his inside and he goes over for the first try of the match! What a try!

  • 2'

    France win the penalty after Nick Blevins is pinged for a side entry at the ruck. Michalak finds touch inside Canada's 22. France swing the ball wide as they attack from the line-out inside Canada's 22, but it comes to nothing as Canada make the turnover.

  • 1'

    Frederic Michalak gets us underway! His kick is deep and Canada manage to gather before Hirayama hoofs the ball down field.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Pool D Rugby World Cup encounter between France and Canada from MK Stadium in Milton Keynes. We'll return shortly with team news.

  • 0'

    France coach Philippe Saint-André has made 12 changes to his starting XV as they look to make it three wins from three against Canada today. Brice Dulin, Wesley Fofana and Bernard le Roux are the only players selected who also played in the win over Romania, while Rémy Grosso makes his debut. It is a strong team named by Saint-André, with a core of first choice players as France build up to a likely pool decider against Ireland in Cardiff in a fortnight. Grosso starts on the right wing having been called into the squad to replace the injured Yoann Huget, with Dulin tested on the left, and hoping to improve on his first game there for les Bleus when he struggled against Anthony Watson. France's line-up includes 11 players who started their first match against Italy, although there is no place in the 23 for Louis Picamoles or Noa Nakaitaci after back-to-back starts, while Alexandre Dumoulin is included on the bench. Thierry Dusautoir returns to lead the team, with Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud linking up in midfield for the first time in the tournament. Frédéric Michalak, who became France's record points scorer in World Cups against Italy, will start at fly-half, alongside club colleague Sébastien Tillous-Borde. A bonus-point win would effectively seal France's place in the quarter-finals, ahead of that final game against Ireland in Cardiff.

  • 0'

    Canada boss Kieran Crowley has made six changes to his team for today's clash with France. The Canucks were narrowly beaten by Italy on Saturday but go into the clash as big underdogs against a French team that can all but wrap up a quarter-final spot with a win. With Conor Braid ruled out of the tournament through injury, Nick Blevins starts at inside centre, while Phil Mack comes into the team at scrum-half. There are changes in the back row where Richard Thorpe and Kyle Gilmour come onto the flanks, and in the second row Brett Beukeboom starts alongside Jamie Cudmore.

  • 0'

    The teams are on the field for the anthems. Please stand!

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France Canada
  • 5 Tries 2
    • 3' Wesley Fofana
    • 27' Guilhem Guirado
    • 37' Rabah Slimani
    • 66' Pascal Papé
    • 73' Remy Grosso
    • 30' DTH Van Der Merwe
    • 33' Aaron Carpenter
  • 5 Conversions 1
    • 4' Frederic Michalak
    • 29' Frederic Michalak
    • 38' Frederic Michalak
    • 67' Frederic Michalak
    • 75' Morgan Parra
    • 31' Nathan Hirayama
  • 2 Penalties 2
    • 13' Frederic Michalak
    • 58' Frederic Michalak
    • 41' Nathan Hirayama
    • 55' Nathan Hirayama
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 1
    • 71' Nanyak Dala
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Eddy Ben Arous
  • Guilhem Guirado
  • Rabah Slimani
  • Pascal Papé
  • Yoann Maestri
  • Thierry Dusautoir
  • Bernard Le Roux
  • Damien Chouly
  • Sebastien Tillous-Borde
  • Frederic Michalak
  • Brice Dulin
  • Wesley Fofana
  • Mathieu Bastareaud
  • Remy Grosso
  • Scott Spedding
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Hubert Buydens
  • Aaron Carpenter
  • Doug Wooldridge
  • Brett Beukeboom
  • Jamie Cudmore
  • Kyle Gilmour
  • Richard Thorpe
  • Tyler Ardron
  • Phil Mack
  • Nathan Hirayama
  • DTH Van Der Merwe
  • Nick Blevins
  • Ciaran Hearn
  • Phil MacKenzie
  • Matt Evans
Substitutions
Substitutions
  • Benjamin Kayser
  • Vincent Debaty
  • Nicolas Mas
  • Yannick Nyanga
  • Fulgence Ouedraogo
  • Morgan Parra
  • Remi Tales
  • Alexandre Dumoulin
  • 16
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  • 18
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  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Ray Barkwill
  • Djustice Sears-Duru
  • Andrew Tiedemann
  • Evan Olmstead
  • Nanyak Dala
  • Gordon McRorie
  • Harry Jones
  • Conor Trainor

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