All Blacks on top France lose half-time lead
It may have been an uncapped match between their reserves, but France and New Zealand’s encounter in Lyon last night had all the intensity of a Test. New Zealand won 28-23 despite two tries from French debutant wing Gabriel La Croix.
La Croix’s tries helped France lead 15-14 at the break, but the visitors were then at their clinical best, with Patrick Tuipulotu and Ngani Laumape scoring in quick succession. France fought hard but the All Blacks showed composure to hang on in the dying moments. session at Welford Road in order to do some extra kicking practice. May drove himself the first time.
“Jonny tapped ‘Welford Road’ into his Satnav but didn’t realise that Welford Road actually runs for miles and miles (essentially a 30-mile route linking Leicester and Northampton along the A5199) so he ended up on the other side of Leicester, late for the team run and meeting,” said Ford. “He thought Welford Road was just a stadium. I have to pick him up every time now. “My job has become Jonny May’s counsellor and carer. I don’t think Jonny knows what he’s doing half the time but you can’t take that away from him because that makes him the player he is.”
Practice makes perfect: George Ford is always meticulous in his preparation