1994 France rugby union tour of Canada and New Zealand

The 1994 France rugby union tour of Canada and New Zealand was a series of matches played in June and July 1994 in Canada and New Zealand by France. After an unexpected loss to Canada, France became the first Northern Hemisphere nation to win a test match series in New Zealand.

1994 France rugby union tour of Canada and New Zealand
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Test match
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France also became the fifth team after the 1937 Springboks, 1949 Wallabies, 1971 British Lions and 1986 Wallabies to win a test series in New Zealand.

Matches edit

Scores and results list France's points tally first.
Opposing Team For Against Date Venue Status
Canada A 34 31 1 June 1994 Toronto Tour match
Canada 16 18 4 June 1994 Nepean Test match
North Auckland 28 23 9 June 1994 Whangarei Tour match
North Harbour 23 27 12 June 1994 Auckland Tour match
Waiparapa Bush 53 9 15 June 1994 Masterton Tour match
New Zealand B 33 25 18 June 1994 Wanganui Tour match
Nelson Bays 48 16 22 June 1994 Nelson Tour match
New Zealand 22 8 26 June 1994 Lancaster Park, Christchurch Test match
Hawke's Bay 25 30 29 June 1994 McLean Park, Napier Tour match
New Zealand 23 20 3 July 1994 Eden Park, Auckland Test match

Highlights edit

The 22–8 victory on 26 June was the biggest win by France over New Zealand up to then. In the second test, on 3 July, New Zealand led 20–16 with three minutes of the match remaining. As they tried to run down the clock, Philippe Saint-André started a move in his own 22 which, 65 seconds later, ended with Jean-Luc Sadourny crossing the French line to score what became known as l'essai du bout du monde (the try from the end of the world), giving them a 23–20 victory.[1] It was the first time a side from a northern hemisphere nation had won a test series against the All Blacks.[2]

Touring party edit

Backs Sebastien Viars Jean-Luc Sadourny Emile Ntamack Philippe Saint-Andre Laurent Leflamand William Techoueyres Philippe Sella Philippe Carbonneau Yann Delaigue Thierry Lacroix Christophe Deylaud Benoit Bellot Pierre Montlaur Guy Accoceberry Alain Macabiau

Forwards Sylvain Dispagne Leon Loppy Xavier Blond Marc Cecillon Abdelatif Benazzi Jean-Francois Tordo Philippe Benetton Olivier Brouzet Olivier Roumat Olivier Merle Christian Califano Laurent Benezech Laurent Seigne Louis Armary Jean-Michel Gonzalez

References edit

  1. ^ "Vidéos. Les plus beaux essais des Bleus face aux Blacks". L'Est Républicain (in French). 25 November 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Histoire du jeu". Rugby-Nomades (in French). Archived from the original on 11 April 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

Further reading edit

Stephen Jones, ed. (1995). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1995–96. Headline. ISBN 0-7472-7816-4.