By Richard Cowley, Updated: 1/11/13
Teams: France v New Zealand
Venue: Parc des Sports, Avignon, France. Capacity 18,000
Date: Friday 1st November 2013
Kick-off time: 8pm (Local Time)
Sydney (Australia – New South Wales) Saturday, 2 November 2013 at 6:00:00 AM
Brisbane (Australia – Queensland) Saturday, 2 November 2013 at 5:00:00 AM
Auckland (New Zealand) Saturday, 2 November 2013 at 8:00:00 AM
London (United Kingdom – England) Friday, 1 November 2013 at 7:00:00 PM
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2013 RLWC TV viewing information: Channel Seven will broadcast all RLWC2013 matches live in Australia on the 7mate channel. In the UK the BBC will show all England games along with the RLWC Final while Premier Sports will broadcast all other RLWC games.
Overview: France competitiveness has improved since the French based side Catalan Dragons entered the Super League in 2006. Now the French can field a team almost full of professional rugby league players and will be looking to wash away the memories of an average display in the 2008 RLWC. France will be playing New Zealand at home in a match that’s a sell-out.
France narrowly got home against Papua New Guinea 9 – 8 at Craven Park in Hull in the first round of the Rugby League World Cup. The pressure will be on France to win or at least make it a close contest in front of their home crowd.
New Zealand will be out to overcome the French on French soil. Having won the RLWC for the first time back in 2008 the Kiwis will be looking to go back to back. The Kiwis are favourites to top their group and favourites to win this game.
New Zealand got of to a flying start against Samoa but lost their way a little in the 2nd half of that match. Kearney will be looking for an 80 minute effort from his troops.
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2013 RLWC France v New Zealand teams
France head coach Richard Agar has named his 19 man squad to play New Zealand at Parc des Sport on Friday (20:00)
Head coach: Richard Agar
New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney has named his 19 man squad to play France at Parc des Sports on Friday (20:00)
Head coach: Stephen Kearney