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By Mike Henson

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  1. New Zealand 62-13 France

    New Zealand beat France

    Ben Dirs was the man struggling to keep count with the All Blacks' tries for the BBC tonight.

    His report has just landed on the site.

    Sample quote: "While the French simply did not have the requisite talent or a game-plan to trouble New Zealand, the performance of Steve Hansen's side was undoubtedly the most impressive of the tournament so far."

    I think that just about sums this evening up.

    See you tomorrow for some Ireland v Argentina and Scotland v Australia.

     Bye for now.

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    New Zealand 62-13 France

    It was a massive performance from New Zealand, but this was a France team that clocked off early in the second half.

    Remember the end of the Six Nations earlier this year? This is a France team that celebrated a 20-point defeat like a victory.

    The Springboks will be far less amenable.

    If South Africa struggled against the offloading and quick recycling of Japan though....they have not seen anything yet.

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    New Zealand 62-13 France

  5. New Zealand's run continues

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    New Zealand

    New Zealand love a World Cup. 

    They have progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament for the seventh time, more than any other team.

  6. Semi-final

    That semi-final next weekend is a lip-smacking, mouth-water of a match.

    Here are the details.

    Saturday 24 October, New Zealand v South Africa, 16:00 BST, Twickenham

  7. Savea equals most tries in RWCs

    Julian Savea's hat-trick takes his tries total at World Cups to 15, equaling the number scored by Bryan Habana & Jonah Lomu.

  8. Coach reaction

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre: "Congratulations to New Zealand

    "The fans are disappointed like us, but we did the maximum we could do, we worked hard over the last three months, but New Zealand punished each of our mistakes."

  9. Coach reaction

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Steve Hansen

    New Zealand coach Steve Hansen:"It was a very, very pleasing performance. Everyone from 1-23 brought something to the game and it was nice to get a little monkey off our backs.

    "We can't wait for the semi-finals, South Africa are a great team and we enjoy playing them."

  10. Nonu leading the way

    Julian Savea may have been the stand-out performer - but centre Ma'a Nonu was not far behind for the All Blacks.

    Nonu had 11 carries, beat six defenders and made three clean breaks - all team-high totals.

    Ma'a Nonu
  11. 'Saint-Andre booed'

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Philippe Saint-Andre
    Quote Message: Philippe Saint-Andre has been roundly booed here and copped a lot of flak. It's not the way he wanted to bow out. The new France coach Guy Noves faces a huge challenge. He will be trying to take control of the players and the structures."
  12. 'Wake up call'

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    French players at full-time
    Quote Message: If this result and performance does not serve as a wake up call for French rugby then nothing will."
  13. New Zealand 62-13 France

    Ireland's 24-9 win over France last weekend has taken a bit of a hit on the exchange rate today.

    Suddenly it looks distinctly under par.

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  16. 'Wonderful'

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    New Zealand players celebrate
    Quote Message: That was wonderful to watch. New Zealand can't expect it to go their way every time but let's enjoy what was a tremendous performance. They won't be getting ahead of themselves because there's nothing South Africa like more than to hear how well one of their opponents have done ahead of playing them."
  17. New Zealand 62-13 France

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    Thierry Dusautoir and Benjamin Kayser

    French fans started streaming towards the exits after 65 minutes and a stream soon turned into a torrent. This might be the best thing that could have happened to French rugby, because you simply can't ignore marmalisations such as this. The French - and their outdated rugby philosophy - have been utterly humiliated. 

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  19. Full-time

    New Zealand 62-13 France

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  20. New Zealand 62-13 France

    Ma'a Nonu drops the ball short of the try line

    Ma'a Nonu scampers in surely for try number 10... NO!

    The centre contrives to drop the ball over the line. Full credit for some excellent cover defence from Alex Dumoulin back in off the bench.

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  22. New Zealand 62-13 France

    Wesley Fofana has not had his reputation tarnished by this French folly.

    Another slicing break from the centre, but his kick ahead is tidied up by All Black back three.

  23. 'Gutted'

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Thierry Dusautoir
    Quote Message: France have been run off their feet. They had 60 points put on them by Australia two years ago so they are a team that can ship points. They will be gutted."
  24. Wonderful

    Former England lock is enjoying the match.

  25. New Zealand 62-13 France

    Sonny Bill slips the ball out of the cat-flap and Ben Smith has a corridor of green to scamper down on the left wing, Chip ahead. How's the bounce? Into his hands...but pulled down just short.

    That would have been a peach.

  26. New Zealand 62-13 France

    Sonny Bill Williams

    This is going to be full-contact basketball for the final five minutes.

    Both sides running the ball from everywhere and off-loading out of tackles at will. 

    It is like an over-crowded sevens field.

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  28. 'Speechless'

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Joe Moody
    Quote Message: I don't know what to say, I have seen everything now. No disrespect to props but Joe Moody managed to draw in two defenders in the move for that try."
  29. Savea: Hat-trick hero

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Julian Savea

    Julian Savea's fourth hat-trick in an All Blacks shirt brings him to a total of 38 tries in 39 Test matches. 

  30. 'Repeat display needed'

    New Zealand 55-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: New Zealand have not won the World Cup but they have played well. They will be under no illusions. They have got to front up and play this well next week against South Africa."
  31. Try - Kerr-Barlow

    New Zealand 62-13 France

    Tawera Kerr-Barlow scores a try

    Absolute butchery.

    France are running the ball from everywhere and can't really be bothered to chase when possession is turned over.

    That is an recipe for ugliness and New Zealand's replacement prop Joe Moody throws a delicious offload to Tawera Kerr-Barlow for his second and his team's ninth try.

  32. New Zealand 55-13 France

    Morgan Parra

    All that talk of 1999 and 2007 being reprised looks a little silly now doesn't it?

    This French team is short on that spirit and lacking in anything close to that quality.

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  34. Try - Kerr-Barlow

    New Zealand 55-13 France

    Tawera Kerr-Barlow scores a try

    Tawera Kerr-Barlow is in under the sticks after slick off-loads from Ma'a Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams.

    That is the All Blacks eighth try.

    The Millennium Stadium is turning into an abattoir.  

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  36. Try - Read

    New Zealand 48-13 France

    Kieran Read scores a try

    Replacement prop Charlie Faumuina with the hands of a jeweller, barging through a couple of tackles and then flipping the ball to Kieran Read to stride under the sticks.

    France looking shattered now.

    Carter with the extras.

  37. Cricket score?

    Are we in store for the biggest QF winning margin?

  38. Replacement

    New Zealand 41-13 France

    Mathieu Bastareaud is on for France with Alex Dumoulin giving way.

    Vincent Debaty is on in the front row.

    It is all a little incidental now anyway.

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  41. 'Too quick'

    New Zealand 41-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Julian Savea celebrates
    Quote Message: Julian Savea was far too quick there. What a great effort by the All Black forwards and their handling has been a huge step up from their pool matches."
  42. Try - Savea

    New Zealand 41-13 France

    Julian Savea scores a try

    Hat-trick time.

    Julian Savea had to prove his fitness before he was picked for this tournament - the thought being that he was carrying a bit of timber.

    He is wearing it well if so.

    The All Black wing zooms away for his third try after Dane Coles strips the ball from Noa Nakaitaci out wide.

    Dan Carter converts.

    Dan Carter
  43. Kaino best try in the World Cup?

    That's the view of Jonathan Davies.

  44. Scrumming down

    New Zealand 34-13 France

    Remarkably we've just seen only the second scrum of this game, and we're 57 minutes in. 

  45. Picamoles back on

    New Zealand 34-13 France

    Louis Picamoles has served his sentence.

    The France number eight is back on after his yellow card.

  46. Replacement

    New Zealand 34-13 France

    Guilhem Guirado is replaced by the coiffured Dmitri Szarzewski for France.

    How he has built a career in the front row with those locks I'll never know...

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  49. New Zealand 34-13 France

    Sam Whitelock stretches his long arms over the top to tie Thierry Dusautoir into the back of a maul as the French attempt to shove over from a line-out five metres out.

    If Picamoles had been on, those tentacles would have been trimmed. He isn't though and that is a turnover.

  50. Replacement

    New Zealand 34-13 France

    Sonny Bill Williams is going to get a chance to pulverise this tenderised French defence to mush.

    Conrad Smith makes way in the All Black midfield.

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  52. All over?

    New Zealand 34-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    The France players look dejected
    Quote Message: Where do you go from there? I have run out of platitudes regarding the handling of New Zealand tonight."
  53. Try - Kaino

    New Zealand 34-13 France

    Jerome Kaino celebrates his try with Kieran Read

    The extra man on the pitch is showing already.

    With Louis Picamoles in the bin, France are horribly short-staffed as Ben Smith skips down the left wing.

    As the ball is recycled back the other way, Owen Franks flips a lovely pass on for Jerome Kaino to dive into the corner.

  54. New Zealand 29-13 France

    Ben Smith

    You lucky, lucky garcon.

    Brice Dulin comes over all Clement Poitrenaud in the 2004 Heineken Cup final, taking an age over a clearing kick under little pressure.

    He is charged down, but the bouncing ball just beats Ben Smith to drop dead.

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  56. 'Unnecessary'

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Louis Picamoles
    Quote Message: I saw that as a punch, he may have come up on a short run up but a punch is a punch. It was unnecessary."
  57. Sin-bin

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    Nigel Owens speaks to both captains and Louis Picamoles

    Louis Picamoles is sent for a 10-minute sit-down to think about what he has done.

    France bring on Yannick Nyanga in place of Pascal Pape in the depleted France pack.

  58. New Zealand 29-13 France

    Richie McCaw

    Something erupts around a prone Richie McCaw on the floor.

    Replays suggest that Louis Picamoles has pushed his fist across the face of the All Black skipper.

    If it was a punch, it was from one inch. Bruce Lee would have done some damage, Picamoles has not.

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  60. New Zealand 29-13 France

    France are making headway with some neat inside runners off fly-half. New Zealand's guards going wandering at the fringes of rucks and breakdowns.

  61. New Zealand 29-13 France

    Richie McCaw does what Richie McCaw does, sneaking in like a cat burgler to nab a turnover just when his team needed it. 

    Carter clears up towards halfway after Julian Savea crashes into Remi Tales in the fly-half's channel.

  62. New Zealand 29-13 France

    Wesley Fofana

    Clean line-out ball for Sam Whitelock just outside his own 22m. Dan Carter booms down field.

    But France are running back with interest. Wesley Fofana slicing through, Brice Dulin carrying the momentum up to the All Black five metre line...

  63. Kick-off

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    We are back under way.

  64. Replacement

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    France have been shoved out early by Philippe Saint Andre.

    Changes for New Zealand with Nehe Milner-Skudder coming off and Beauden Barrett on. He will slot in at full-back with Ben Smith going across to the wing.

  65. One-way traffic

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    The stats don't lie - it's all New Zealand going forward. 

    The All Blacks have covered 359 metres, compared to France's 180m, and they've dominated possession with 57%.

    Can France fight back? 

    Action areas
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  67. Ominous stats for France

    New Zealand 29-13 France

  68. 'France must score quickly'

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    The French team
    Quote Message: France need to score first in the second half whether it's a penalty or, preferably, a try. You sense if New Zealand were to score quickly then French heads would drop and the game would be beyond them."
  69. Savea tops try scoring charts

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    Julian Savea is his country's top poacher at this World Cup and in the first half it was evident why. The winger takes some stopping. Actually, there's no stopping him. He's now scored seven tries in this tournament, two more than the best of the rest. 

    Julian Savea
  70. New Zealand 29-13 France

    The New Zealand players celebrate Julian Savea's second try

    Julian Savea may have been born in Wellington, but that last try owed plenty to his Samoan heritage.

    It was the textbook Samoan sidestep - changing direction to run over the man rather than round him - that did for Noa Nakaitaci and Scott Spedding for his second score.

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  74. New Zealand 29-13 France

    Bernard Le Roux

    A breathless first half. It has been a performance with more stardust and sparkle from the All Blacks, but there have still been glimpses of a soft underbelly in defence.

    France came back from 14 points down to win in that extraordinary 1999 World Cup semi-final. They have further to go now.

  75. 'Not over'

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Each time France get the ball it is a nervous time for New Zealand. Sixteen points ahead suggests the All Blacks are in control but you are never comfortable against the French. They have talent to burn. The All Blacks have stepped up and still France are not out of this."
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  77. Half-time

    New Zealand 29-13 France

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  80. 'Roadkill'

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Julian Savea hands-off Scott Spedding
    Quote Message: The big bus has gone in at the corner and he has left roadkill."
  81. Try- Savea

    New Zealand 29-13 France

    Julian Savea

    Nehe Milner-Skudder showed dancing feet for New Zealand's first try.

    Julian Savea has just shown a battering ram of a shoulder.

    The New Zealand wing boshes through the tackles of Noa Nakaitaci and Scott Spedding, leaving both men flat on their backs and choking on fumes.

    Dan Carter just wide with the conversion.

  82. Kitchen sink...

    New Zealand 24-13 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The French are now throwing everything at the All Blacks. There were some big hits in the build up to that try."
  83. Converted try - Picamoles

    New Zealand 24-13 France

    Grounding fine and Bernard Le Roux failed to get a touch on the ball, never mind knock it on, as the ball looped over his head.

    France back in with a shout?

  84. Try review

    New Zealand 24-6 France

    Louis Picamoles scores a try

    Louis Picamoles scoops up a bouncing loose ball and dives over. Nothing wrong with that, but Nigel Owens is gong to have a little check upstairs...

  85. Milner-Skudder's metres

    New Zealand 24-6 France

    Stat

    He's been influential so far and that try makes Nehe Milner-Skudder joint-top try-scorer in the World Cup with five, alongside team-mate Julian Savea, Gareth Davies and Bryan Habana. 

  86. New Zealand 24-6 France

    Louis Picamoles

    Louis Picamoles shakes off the shackles and gallops up to halfway, France whip the ball away from the breakdown sharply and they are up to the All Black 22m line.

    They need the next score.

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  88. Carter's brilliance

    Match of the Day 2 presenter Mark Chapman was impressed with Dan Carter's superb pass.

  89. New Zealand 24-6 France

    Only eight minutes to half-time and we have the first scrum of the match.

    Joe Moody - about to pack down in the New Zealand front row - was over the other side of the world last week before being called up for the injured Tony Woodcock.

  90. Game over?...

    Well that's what Matt Dawson thinks.

  91. 'Carter silences critics'

    New Zealand 24-6 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Dan Carter
    Quote Message: Dan Carter has had so much criticism and people have questioned whether he is over the hill. It's nice to see the experienced older players really stand up here. The French are looking a little bit sore."
  92. Converted try - Savea

    New Zealand 24-6 France

    Julian Savea

    When they are putting together Dan Carter's best bits for a retirement montage, this offload is worth a prime slot.

    The All Black fly-half slips a sublime pass out of the side door just as the France defence is about to engulf him.

    Beautifully weighted into the mitts of Julian Savea who rampages into the corner.

    Two more points off the boot of Carter.

  93. Replacement

    New Zealand 17-6 France

    Wyatt Crockett is off. Joe Moody on in the All Black front row.

  94. New Zealand 17-6 France

    Wyatt Crockett dives into a ruck like it is a swimming pool.

    Off his feet and a France penalty to clear their lines from in the shadow of their own posts.

  95. 'All Blacks flying'

    New Zealand 17-6 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Nehe Milner-Skudder
    Quote Message: That's cracked open the game. Milner-Skudder just took off, he backed himself and went all the way."
  96. Converted try - Milner-Skudder

    New Zealand 17-6 France

    Nehe Milner-Skudder

    What a step. Nehe Milner-Skudder seems to find a wormhole out wide, pushing off his left boot and popping up about ten yards inside where the France defence expect him to be.

    Dan Carter clips over the conversion.

  97. New Zealand 10-6 France

    Dan Carter has a kick charged down

    Dan Carter has yet to come to this tournment.

    The New Zealand fly-half is charged down by Guilhem Guirado.

    All Blacks scamper back and recover the ball but they have lost yards.

  98. Parra's missed kick

    New Zealand 10-6 France

    New Zealand v France

    Morgan Parra should have got that last penalty kick. It was the easiest of all three of France's attempts at the posts so far - as you can see from the red arrow - 22 metre line. 

    The scrum-half could have taken France to within a point of New Zealand. Will his miss matter at full-time?

  99. New Zealand 10-6 France

    Guilhem Guirado slips off his feet as he attempts to pilfer at the breakdown. A clear penalty and Dan Carter boots play up the France 22m line.

  100. New Zealand 10-6 France

    Noa Nakaitaci

    France wing Noa Nakaitaci with a superb climb to recover a Morgan Parra box kick above Julian Savea.

    There is a bit more business to this France backline tonight than the one that limped to defeat in the second half against Ireland.

  101. 'Strange by Parra'

    New Zealand 10-6 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: That looked like a strange action by Morgan Parra. The ball just squirted out to the right... he pulled it."
  102. Missed penalty

    New Zealand 10-6 France

    Morgan Parra has another shot at goal. Kiwi discipline as extinct as the dodo.

    But he has shanked it.

    This game is playing fast and loose. Plenty of points out there for both teams at the moment.

  103. Penalty - Parra

    New Zealand 10-6 France

    Morgan Parra

    France have been pummelled, lost their fly-half but are still within a score.

    New Zealand infringe and Morgan Parra extracts three points of punishment.

  104. 'Going for the jugular'

    New Zealand 10-3 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: The All Blacks have gone for the jugular very early on. They're just a little bit too eager at times, a little too enthusiastic."
  105. New Zealand 10-3 France

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  107. Michalak off

    New Zealand 10-3 France

    Freddie Michalak

    Freddie Michalak's goose is cooked by the looks of it.

    The France fly-half is heading down the tunnel, clutching his hamstring.

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  109. Converted try - Retallick, con Carter

    New Zealand 10-3 France

    Brodie Retallick scores a try

    Freddie Michalak takes an age over his clearing kick and by the time boot makes contact with ball Brodie Retallick is looming large.

    Charge down for the second row followed by a stroll in under the sticks.

    Extras from Dan Carter.

    Scott Spedding kicked a penalty two minutes before - a real monster.

  110. The force of New Zealand

    New Zealand 3-0 France

    In the first five minutes it was all New Zealand dominating possession and territory. 

    France have spent most of the start of the match defending. They've made 25 tackles to the All Blacks' five. 

    NZ v France
  111. 'Reward'

    New Zealand 3-0 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: Those three points are reward for a fine start by New Zealand. The only danger for the All blacks is the more they throw at the French without reward the more France will take heart."
  112. Penalty - Carter

    New Zealand 3-0 France

    Dan Carter kicks a penalty

    Dan Carter sends the ball sailing through the middle of the sticks to make the first impression on the scoreboard.

    The first impression his team have made is very good - lots of width, quick recycling and bullish runners.

  113. New Zealand 0-0 France

    Thierry Dusautoir has a sly tug on the leg of New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith. It was right in front of ref Nigel Owens and this kick is right in front for Dan Carter...

  114. New Zealand 0-0 France

    The All Blacks have come storming out of the traps. They want this match strangled at birth.

    France pinned back into their own 22m again.

    But that is fantastic from Bernard Le Roux - showing his breakdown smarts to steal the ball and relieve the pressure.

  115. 'Fantastic start'

    New Zealand 0-0 France

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    New Zealand players compete for the ball
    Quote Message: My goodness... what a fantastic start. The All Blacks mean business. They have really made good ground. It's been a frantic opening."
  116. New Zealand 0-0 France

    Dan Carter pokes a little grubber kick in behind the French defensive line.

    That is a little overcooked. None of his fellow All Blacks seemed to read his intentions and it is a bit of a waste in the end.

    A strong start from the champs though.

  117. Post update

    New Zealand 0-0 France

    The All Blacks have five metres to the whitewash. The French have barely touched the ball...

  118. Post update

    New Zealand 0-0 France

    Ma'a Nonu

    Ma'a Nonu barrelling up the short side. The All Blacks are up to the French 22m and Les Bleus are scrambling already...

  119. Kick-off

    New Zealand 0-0 France

    Nigel Owen blows his whistle, Dan Carter swings his boot and we are up and running.

    And the All Blacks have secured an early turnover to take possession.

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    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    The haka

    Keven Mealamu leads the haka for New Zealand. Scrum-half Aaron Smith provides backing tongues, flicking away like a chameleon.

    Dan Carter gives it the full eyeballs.

    The French? Stoic, stationary and smiling. Kick-off next.

    The France team looks on as New Zealand's players perform the haka
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    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    France face the haka in 2007

    There are several ways to face the haka.

    Australia wing David Campese used to take no notice, kicking a ball about in his own dead-ball area.

    Richard Cockerill, unsurprisingly, chose the confrontational option, getting close enough to sniff opposite number Norm Hewitt's pre-match meal at Old Trafford in 1997 (below).

    In the 2007 World Cup, France (top) pulled off their tracksuit tops to reveal red, white and blue t-shirts and advanced on the All Blacks as a human Tricolore.

    Let's see what the class of 2015 have in store...

    Richard Cockerill faces the haka
  122. Post update

    The French team line up

    The song of the 1789 revolutionaries dies away. The French XV gave it a belting rendition.

    Time for the haka.

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  124. New Zealand v France (kick-ff 20:00 BST)

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    France fans

    Pre-match nibbles don't come much chunkier than the Marseillaise followed by the French fronting up to the Haka with the roof on in Cardiff. All Blacks fans seem to be vastly outnumbered by the French - could that be a factor?

  125. Post update

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    The teams come onto the field

    The tunnel theatre is superb at the Millennium Stadium.

    The two captains line up facing each other across the corridor. Thierry Dusautoir and Richie McCaw will come into a lot closer contact over the next 80 minutes.

    Out they stride into a potent Cardiff night.

    Anthems next.

  126. France facing a hiding?

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    Quote Message: I just don't see France scoring enough tries to beat New Zealand."
  127. Post update

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    This is one gateau that the French are not going to like.

    New Zealand have gobbled down the majority of the matches between these two sides. 

    .New Zealand v France overall
  128. Beware France

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Andrew Mehrtens

    Former New Zealand fly-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    A French huddle
    Quote Message: France can lift themselves against anyone. They have plenty of flair and ability. New Zealand know they are dangerous."
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  130. "Just a 2% chance of winning"

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Freddie Michalak

    Whatever he has been saying during the week, coach Philippe Saint-Andre has fed the French psyche what it needs.

    "They're the best team in the world and have the best players in every position," said fly-half Freddie Michalak.

    "On paper they're the strongest side, but if we have that two percent chance we'll take it.''

    Backed into a corner they are going to come out fighting. 

  131. Lievremont backs Les Bleus

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    Marc Lievremont

    Marc Lievremont was the man who oversaw France's World Cup final defeat by New Zealand four years ago.

    That side was not noted for flair. But this match has got Lievremont waxing about a mix of running rugby and 'robust' forward play.

    "For every ball, the team must behave like a hungry pack of dogs. We must fight centimetre by centimetre against them," he told Le Monde.

    "Some say the French flair is not there any more, but I think it is anchored in this group.

    "These players, with their education and culture, have it in them, but they haven't expressed it yet."

  132. Gasquet is nervous

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Tennis player Richard Gasquet, the world number 11, is anxious about tonight. Who can blame him, as New Zealand have won 11 World Cup matches in a row.  He has tweeted, "So anxious tonight!! Go 'Les Bleus'."  

  133. Hansen happy with All Blacks

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Steve Hansen

    Has something been lost in translation?

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen thinks so.

     "I can understand there is a bit of concern back home, because they are at home and not here," he said. 

    "They don't know everything we've been doing, and they will be a little bit apprehensive about a few things because they don't have any control over it."

    Number eight Kieran Read has suggested that the All Blacks have some training-ground moves in cold storage for "when we need them ... later in the year."

  134. Get involved

    #bbcrugby

  135. Freddie the star?

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Frederic Michalak

    If the French are going to ignite today, then Freddie Michalak will be the man touching torch to fuse.

    The 33-year-old has a decent claim to being the most naturally talented player of his generation.

    He has not always been the hardest-working. But after moving to Toulon in 2012 some of team-mate Jonny Wilkinson's elbow grease rubbed off on him.

    As well as moments of magic with the ball in hand, he is now a reliable kicker off the tee. Although he may well be back-up to Morgan Parra in that department today.

  136. New Zealand's kryptonite?

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    France's fans have turned into superheros. 

    Can the 15 on the field do the same?

    French fans before the match with New Zealand
  137. 'Deflation in Cardiff'

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    Chris Jones

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Millennium Stadium

    Quote Message: I have just walked from Cardiff city centre, where people were crammed in pubs, to the Millennium Stadium. There is a feeling of deflation from the locals but the stage is set for another exciting quarter-final. New Zealand have yet to get out of third gear in this tournament and there are reports of customary French mutiny."
    France fans
  138. French revolution

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Thierry Dusautoir

    Who knows if the champagne rugby is about to be uncorked, but France have already ticked one of your I-Spy French rugby stereotypes.

    Captain Thierry Dusautoir has had to counter reports of mutiny in the French camp.

    "All the boys, coaches and manager are working together," Dusautoir said when asked about the rumours.

    Coach Philippe Saint-Andre is a dead duck with Toulouse's Guy Noves already appointed as his post-tournament replacement.

  139. Sartre bleus?

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    Philippe Saint-Andre and Serge Blanco
    Image caption: "Brought your boots Serge?"

    "We must not think, we must just play rugby," said Philippe Saint-Andre this week.

    If too much thinking was the problem last week against Ireland, he would have half a team out with severe grey matter strain. 

    They were awful, melting away like a Solero in the Sahara in the second half.

    BBC man on the scene Ben Dirs does not rate the French chances highly today.

    "If creative life "begins on the other side of despair", as Sartre once wrote, then France have a glimmer. But despair is only a motivation, you also need the flair," concludes his feature on today's match. The rest of it is just as good, click away.

  140. Remember, remember the sixth of October

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    The French press have a message for their team...and possibly their opponents.

    Front page of La Depeche

    By the way, the Millennium Stadium is the only World Cup venue New Zealand have lost at more than once (2007 quarter-final v France & 1999 third-place play-off v South Africa).

  141. Saturday night mix

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    France fans

    "It is like the last days of Rome in Cardiff, although some would argue that every Saturday night is like this in the Welsh capital. 

    "Desolate Wales fans mingle with optimistic French fans and All Blacks fans supremely confident of victory. Chuck in Ireland and Argentina fans in town for tomorrow's showdown and displaced fans of other sides who didn't make it through to the knockout stages, and it's a very potent brew."

  142. Get Involved

    #bbcrugby or 81111 via text

    L'Equipe

    'Want to dream' is the headline in L'Equipe.

    So, are you a believer? Can France do the World Cup dirty on the All Blacks for a third time?

    Let us know via #bbcrugby on Twitter or on 81111 on texts from UK mobiles.

    And to get aboard the Gallic bandwagon, you need to tell us how Les Bleus will pull off the heist?

  143. New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

  144. Team news

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Alex Dumoulin

    France have dropped centre Mathieu Bastareaud for Alexandre Dumoulin, as Morgan Parra comes in at scrum-half.

    Bernard Le Roux takes the place of Damien Chouly at open-side flanker.  

    Scrum-half Sebastien Tillous-Borde, who has started 10 of their last 13 Tests, out of their matchday squad entirely. 

    France: Scott Spedding; Noa Nakaitaci, Alexandre Dumoulin, Wesley Fofana, Brice Dulin; Frederic Michalak, Morgan Parra; Eddy Ben Arous, Guilhem Guirado, Rabah Slimani, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri, Thierry Dusautoir (capt), Bernard Le Roux, Louis Picamoles.

    Replacements: Dimitri Szarzewski, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Damien Chouly, Yannick Nyanga, Rory Kockott, Remi Tales, Mathieu Bastareaud

  145. Team news

    New Zealand v France

    Ma'a Nonu

    Centre Ma'a Nonu retains his place ahead of Sonny Bill Williams for the All Blacks.

    Nonu, 33, continues his long-standing midfield partnership with Conrad Smith, 34, while Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea are picked on the wings.

    Flanker Richie McCaw captains the side after being rested against Tonga.

    New Zealand: Ben Smith; Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read.

    Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Joe Moody, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams

  146. South Africa lie in wait

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    Du Preez scores for South Africa

    After remorselessly grinding Wales down in the first quarter-final earlier today, South Africa lie in wait for one of these two teams in the semi-finals.

    Let's see the men playing for that dubious privilege.

  147. Undercooked or coming to the boil?

    New Zealand v France

    Tries scored in the Pool stages
    Image caption: Tries scored in the Pool stages

    Four wins from four and more tries than any other team in the tournament.

    But the headlines from the Pool stages hide some concerning detail for the All Blacks.

    Against Argentina, they trailed at half-time before clawing their way back to a 26-16 win.

    Against Georgia, they were hustled and harried by their physical opponents in an underwhelming 43-10 win.

    Undercooked? Or keeping their powder dry?

  148. Wakey wakey New Zealand

    New Zealand v France (20:00 BST)

    It is just after 07:00 Sunday morning New Zealand time.

  149. "The smell of death"

    New Zealand v France (16:00 BST)

    Richie McCaw and Ali Williams react against France in 2007

    "There's a sort of desolate decay and the smell of death," said All Black hooker Anton Oliver about the atmosphere in the dressing room after New Zealand's quarter-final defeat to France at the Millennium Stadium in 2007.

    "That's what it feels like to us. It feels like no-man's land and it's not a nice place to be."  

    Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are the only members of the current squad in that morgue.

    Against the same opponents, in the same stadium, at the same stage of the tournament, they will not want their international careers to end in the same way.

  150. Ghosts of World Cups past

    New Zealand v France (16:00 BST)

    Eight years ago, it was referee Wayne Barnes waving on play after Damien Traille's 'level-at-best' pass to Freddie Michalak.

    Damien Traille

    Eight years before that it was the sight of the 5ft 7in Christophe Dominici deciding a match that seemed set to be trampled over by the far larger Jonah Lomu.

    Christophe Dominici

    Is the All Blacks' World Cup nightmare set to recur again?