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France beat New Zealand 27:13 in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2023

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | France 27:13 New Zealand

In a historic Rugby World Cup match on home soil, France secured a significant victory by defeating New Zealand 27-13 in Paris, marking the first-ever pool-phase defeat for the All Blacks in World Cup history.

While the game may not have been a dazzling spectacle, the outcome was paramount for Les Bleus. France clinched the win with second-half tries from Damian Penaud and substitute Melvyn Jaminet, along with 17 points contributed by full-back Thomas Ramos. New Zealand’s Mark Telea scored two tries, and Richie Mo’unga added a penalty.

The match took an unexpected turn when New Zealand’s captain, Sam Cane, was ruled out just before kickoff due to injury. Despite this setback, New Zealand managed to take an early lead through a try by Telea. France, led by Ramos’ precise kicking, gradually gained momentum and a 9-8 halftime advantage.

The second half saw New Zealand respond with a try by Telea, but France countered with Penaud’s outstanding try and Ramos’ accurate conversion. A yellow card for New Zealand’s Will Jordan further favored France, allowing Ramos to extend their lead with penalty kicks. Jaminet’s late try sealed the deal for France, sending a strong message of their World Cup aspirations while ending New Zealand’s pool-phase unbeaten streak.

Match Summary

Pool A | France 27:13 New Zealand

France Scores:

TRIES Damian Penaud (55′), Melvyn Jaminet (78′)
CONV Thomas Ramos (57′)
PENS Thomas Ramos (5′, 20′, 29′, 65′, 74′)

New Zeland Scores:

TRIES Mark Telea (2′, 43′)
PENS Richie Mo’unga (25′)


Stadium Stade de France, Saint-Denis


Jaco Peyper

Man of the match:

Gregory Alldritt (France)


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