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France demolish All Blacks 40-25 in Paris

Stade de France in Paris this morning.

After leading 24-6 at half-time, the French weathered an all Black fightback in the second half and sealed the victory with a try to Damian Penaud in the 66th minute.

New Zealand had not lost against Les Bleus since 2009 and had been unbeaten in France since 2000.

It was the final game of the All Blacks' 2021 season and followed a 29-20 loss to Ireland last week. It was the second back-to-back defeat for the team in 12 months.

All Blacks want to match French flair

New Zealand are coming off a 29-20 loss to Ireland last weekend where they were, by their own admission, outplayed in most departments, and are looking to avoid back-to-back defeats for the second time in 12 months.

"We've had a really good week. Hopefully that means we show up on Sunday," Whitelock said.

"They (France) are a smart side and they will stick to their strengths, but at the same time they will have looked at the last four or five games we have played and come up with a plan.

Former All Blacks hooker Nathan Harris announces retirement from rugby

The 29-year-old former All Black on Friday announced he was finishing up in the sport after continued discomfort from an ankle injury.

“It has been a massive year and it is time to hang up the boots,” he said in a statement released by the Chiefs.

“After playing 10 years of footy, my ankle has had enough, and it is time to move onto something new.

“It has been a really hard decision, but at the end of the day, my body and my family come first.

Sam Cane and Aaron Smith to start for All Blacks

Cane, who has spent most of the season out with injury, returns to the loose forward trio that includes the introduction of Akira Ioane, who is on the blindside and Ardie Savea at number eight.

Dane Coles starts at hooker.

There are four changes in the backs from the side that lost to Ireland, with Aaron Smith starting at halfback, Richie Mo'unga at first-five the injured Beauden Barrett, Quinn Tupaea at centre for the injured Anton Lienert-Brown and George Bridge coming onto the left wing.

All Blacks won't be leaving any lessons behind

The All Blacks have flown into Paris a little bit battered and bruised after their 29-20 loss in Dublin.

Centre Anton Lienert-Brown has his arm in a sling after suffering a should injury yesterday and coach Ian Foster says he won't be considered for the game against France.

First five Beauden Barrett continues to go through concussion protocols after suffering a head knock during the game in Dublin.

Ireland dominated most aspects from start to finish to score their third win over the All Blacks since their historic victory in 2016.

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All Blacks fall to Ireland in Dublin

The All Blacks led 10-5 at halftime.

Ireland scored three tries to the All Blacks two and kicked several penalties to secure the nine point win.

Ireland's New Zealand born wing James Lowe scored the first try of the test, while hooker Codie Taylor, who was yellow carded in the first half, and wing Will Jordan scored tries for the All Blacks.

It's the All Blacks first loss of their Northern Tour.

Ireland dominated most aspects from start to finish with another superb performance against the All Blacks.

All Blacks captain Whitelock itching to renew rivalry with Ireland

Ireland have won two of their last four tests against the All Blacks since breaking their 111-year drought in 2016 and Whitelock said it was a contest New Zealand looked forward to.

"This week is massive. If you look back over the last five or six times we've played Ireland, they are big games and big occasions," Whitelock told reporters.

"Especially here (in Dublin), it's an amazing atmosphere that is hard to describe.

All Blacks bring back big guns for Ireland

Winger Sevu Reece is the only player retained from last week's scrappy win over Italy as the selectors named a team close to that which featured in the previous week's 54-16 thumping of Wales.

Among the backs from the Welsh test, Rieko Ioane is moved from the wing to midfield to partner Anton Lienert-Brown and replace David Havili, who drops to the bench as Reece moves over to the left after starting on the right in Rome.

Aaron Smith back with All Blacks

Smith was expected to miss the entire season-ending northern hemisphere tour to stay home with family after the birth of his second son Leo but could line up in the final two tests against the Irish and France.

"It all happened very quickly and now I'm two hours from jumping on the plane to join the boys in Ireland," Smith said in a video posted on the All Blacks' social media account on Tuesday.

"I've very excited to come back and join the boys ... Two very big games for the lads, which is really exciting to be part of.

Error-strewn All Blacks eventually pull away from Italy

Despite the eventual scoreline seeing them rack up seven tries at the Stadio Olimpico, the All Blacks were out of sorts and need to improve for future matches.

Finlay Christie, Dane Coles (2), Sevu Reece, Asafo Aumua (2) and Hoskins Sotutu got over the whitewash, with Richie Mo’unga converting six of those crossings.

Italy’s only points came via the boot of fly-half Paolo Garbisi but the hosts can be pleased with how they frustrated New Zealand for large parts on Saturday.