French Barbarians roar to shock win over Maori All Blacks

The Maori All Blacks have fallen to a spirited French Barbarians side 19-15 in Bordeaux.

After an error ridden first half, the Maori All Blacks trailed 8-3 at the break, with Sean Wainui scoring in the opening minutes of the second spell to level the scores.

From there however, it was all one way traffic for the French Barbarians, who surged ahead after prop Jordan Maniera was shown a yellow card.

A late penalty try gave the Maori All Blacks hope of a comeback win, but the French Barbarians held on for a famous win.

FULLTIME: Maori All Blacks 15 French Barbarians 19

It's over! The French Barbarians have pulled off a stunning upset win over the Maori All Blacks!

79 mins: Maori All Blacks 15 French Barbarians 19

Another penalty against the Maori All Blacks, and the French Barbarians will have a kick to secure at least a draw. Hang on, they've gone for the lineout instead!

78 mins: Maori All Blacks 15 French Barbarians 19

The Maori All Blacks getting desperate now, giving away a penalty in the final few minutes to waste a golden opportunity for a match winning try. Lineout to the French Barbarians.

75 mins: Maori All Blacks 15 French Barbarians 19

Akira Ioane claims the lineout but there's a maul and the French Barbarians look to have stolen it! Solid defence from the hosts! Rebbaj the heto. Scrum for the French Barbarians.

74 mins: Maori All Blacks 15 French Barbarians 19

N'tamack fumbles form the kick off and the Maori All Blacks have a great chance! The referee has the arm out for a penalty, before play comes back. Ihaia West finds touch and it's a great kick for the Maori All Blacks! 

72 mins: Maori All Blacks 15 French Barbarians 19

Penalty try!!! Polwart has a crack at the line and the Maori All Blacks are claiming the try! The Maori All Blacks go close from a lineout on the five metre line, it looks like Polwart's been taken out before he could get the ball down, could we have a penalty try? 

It's just going to be a penalty to the Maori All Blacks for a high tackle on Polwart. Hang on, the referee is now saying he's changed his mind - yellow card for Tochit, and a penalty try for the Maori All Blacks after all!

70 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 19

The Maori All Blacks give away another penalty, and N'tamack converts with no trouble. The Maori All Blacks are back to 15, but the French Barbarians are well in control now.

65 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 16

HUGE scrum from the French Barbarians, the Maori All Blacks are really struggling now with a penalty awarded against them.

63 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 16

Ihaia West comes on for the Maori All Blacks, along with Liam Polwart for the French Barbarians.

61 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 16

Penalty! The French Barbarians really putting the pressure on with the numerical advantage now. The Maori All Blacks give away a penalty, what will the French Barbarians do? They go for the three points, N'tamack steps up and converts.

56 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 13

Yellow card! Another bout of push and shove and the referee's had enough. The TMO is looking at it. Jordan Manihera's started it, coming out of nowhere and the Maori All Blacks' prop could see a card here. It looks like there's been a punch thrown by one of the French players, which is what Manihera was responding to.

The referee confirms with the TMO, Manihera is shown a yellow.

52 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 13

Scrum for the French Barbarians, the Maori All Blacks are all over them in defence though, led by Tim Bateman. Wainui steals the ball and gets it back to Pryor who spills it, Bateman pounces on the loose ball and goes over but the referee calls knock-on. Tempers really boiling over now and there's more push and shove. Scrum to the French Barbarians.

48 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 13

TRY! Akira Ioane gives away a penalty for offisde and the French Barbarians take the lineout! Pelissie throws and Flanquart takes it. The French Barbarians drive from the lineout and they score! It's Pelisse who finishes it! There's a bit of push and shove from the two sides before the referee separates them.

N'tamack with his first kick of the night, and he's missed! French Barbarians restore their five-point lead.

46 mins: Maori All Blacks 8 French Barbarians 8

TRY! Franklin comes up with a brilliant steal at the lineout and the Maori All Blacks have it! They look to move the ball quickly and Weber throws a perfect cut-out pass for Sean Wainui who scores in the corner! Great start for the Maori All Blacks and the scores are level with a kick to come.

Garden-Bachop lines up the conversion and it hits the upright! Scores level in Bordeaux.

43 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

The Maori All Blacks win the ball at the breakdown and look to strike! Ash Dixon of all people stabs a kick through for Stevenson to chase, but the bounce of the ball goes against the Maori All Blacks and into touch. Lineout for the French Barbarians.

41 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

Both sets of players making their way back out onto the field for the second spell. No changes for the Maori All Blacks after a woeful first half. Jackson Garden-Bachop gets things back underway. 

HALFTIME: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

Dixon throws again but Chouzenoux steals the ball, France clear the danger and that'll be halftime.

42 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

Dixon throws and the Maori All Blacks drive. Referee with the arm out again, the French Barbarians steal the ball but play goes back for the penalty. The Maori All Blacks take another lineout.

40 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

Charlie Ngatai slices through the French Barbarians' line and the Maori All Blacks are so close! The ball is spilled but the referee goes back for a penalty against the French Barbarians.

The halftime siren goes, what will the Maori All Blacks do? They go for one last lineout before the break.

37 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

The Maori All Blacks go down the blindside from the lineout through Henwood, who finds Wainui out wide before another knock on. Six handling errors from the Maori All Blacks and it's not even halftime yet.

36 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

Scrum for the Maori All Blacks, Brad Weber looking to take control of the game. Pick-and-go from the forwards, offside from Rebbaj and the Maori All Blacks have a penalty inside the French Barbarians' half.

33 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

The French Barbarians spill the ball from the back of their own scrum and the Maori All Blacks look to counter. Garden-Bachop kicks but Ramos calls for the mark.

31 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

Ngatai stabs a kick through for Stevenson to chase, Ramos kicks the ball into touch to force a lineout inside the French Barbarians' half. Stevenson takes at first reciever, but the Maori All Blacks lose the ball again, they regain possession after the French Barbarians kick, before another handling error, this time from Marcel Renata.

Sloppy play from the Maori All Blacks so far.

28 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

Scrum for the Maori All Blacks in a great position, but they spill the ball and the French Barbarians look to counter. The kick the ball deep and Charlie Ngatai cleans up at the back. Dubie kicks in return and the Maori All Blacks have the ball again. Weber kicks from the back of the ruck but it's charged down! The referee blows for offside from the French Barbarians though.

24 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 8

TRY! Finally the French Barbarians cross over. The Maori All Blacks try to dally with the ball right on their own line. Garden-Bachop goes for the clearance but it's charged down by Chouzenoux! He pounces on the loose kick and scores! The referee checks with the TMO but there's no problem with that.

Ramos lines up the conversion, and he's missed it away to the right. French Barbarians lead by five.

22 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 3

The French Barbarians are through to score! Aguillon breaks clean up the middle, looking to get the final pass away to Couilloud who drops the ball! What a waste of a golden opportunity for the French Barbarians!

21 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 3

The French Barbarians attack down the wing! A break from Rougerie puts Pourailly down the wing, Stevenson works him into touch though and the Maori All Blacks have a lineout on the 5m line.

19 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 3

The referee stops play for a dangerous tackle from Henwood. He's slipped into the contact and ended up with an arm around the neck of the French attacker, purely accidental. Penalty to the French Barbarians.

16 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 3

Penalty! The French Barbarians break through Dubie! He gets the ball to Diaby and they go close! The Maori All Blacks get back in numbers and somehow turn the ball over, more incredible defence! The referee has the arm out after the clearance for offside and the French Barbarians attack again. Akira Ioane smashes the ball carrier and the play goes back for the offside.

The fullback Ramos takes the kick and he levels the scores.

13 mins: Maori All Blacks 3 French Barbarians 0

Penalty! Garden-Bachop points to the posts and the Maori All Blacks will have a shot at goal. No trouble with the kick as the Maori All Blacks have the first points of the match.

12 mins: Maori All Blacks 0 French Barbarians 0

The Maori All Blacks attack now and Garden-Bachop starts to assert his authority. Hemopo with a great bit of play before the kick is put through for Wainui to chase. Ramos carries it back before being tackled in goal. Scrum to the Maori All Blacks.

It's a strong scrum and the Maori All Blacks go at the line. The French Barbarians give away another penalty to bring the attack to an end. Great pressure from the Maori All Blacks.

8 mins: Maori All Blacks 0 French Barbarians 0

The French Barbarians win their own scrum and break upfield through Couilloud! He combines with N'tamack but the Maori All Blacks give away a penalty! The French Barbarians opt for the lineout instead of a shot at goal.

Flanquart claims the lineout and the French Barbarians drive! The Maori All Blacks turn the ball over on the five-metre line though! Huge defence and they've won a penalty too! Garden-Bachop clears the danger.

4 mins: Maori All Blacks 0 French Barbarians 0

The French Barbarians are penalised for incorrectly joining the ruck, Jackson Garden-Bachop finds touch with a mighty kick downfield and the Maori All Blacks have a great attacking lineout.

The forwards pick-and-go, Akira Ioane finds Garden-Bachop with a great pass, the Maori All Blacks flirt with the sideline before Ash Dixon loses the ball. The French Barbarians try to run the ball from behind their own posts! They lose the ball and go back for the first knock-on

1 min: Maori All Blacks 0 French Barbarians 0

Wainui gets the ball from the kick and tries an up and under straight away, the French Barbarians look to work the ball upfield through their forward pack.

KICK OFF!

Romain N'tamack kicks off and the game is underway!

8:46am

As to be expected, the Maori All Blacks perform a powerful haka, and the French Barbarians respond with a challenge of their own, marching in unison towards the halfway line to meet their opposition face to face - and they aren't turning away! The two teams' gazes are locked before the French Barbarians turn to get the game underway.

8:43am

Rather than a minutes silence, the Bordeaux crowd have observed a minute of applause in remembrance. The Maori All Blacks' haka is up next.

8:39am

We'll have the national anthems, before both sides observe a minutes silence for Armistice Day in France, commemorating the end of the first world war.

8:37am

Good morning and welcome to today's match. Both teams emerging from the tunnel. Ash Dixon leading the Maori All Blacks, Aurelien Rougerie leading the French Barbarians.

PRE MATCH

After romping home to a 51-9 win over Canada in Vancouver last week, the Maori All Blacks have travelled to Europe, where they will meet a French Barbarians side in their final match of 2017.

Coach Claton McMillan has shuffled the deck, handing starting debuts to lock Keepa Mewett and flanker Sam Henwood, while halfback Jonathan Ruru and centre Teihorangi Walden will come off the bench.

Elsewhere, the impressive Jackson Garden-Bachop replaces Ihaia West in the number 10 jersey, while Shaun Stevenson comes in for Ambrose Curtis on the left wing.

Their opponents meanwhile, boast a number of names surely familiar among New Zealand fans, with the likes of Aurelien Rougerie and Romain N'tamack - son of the great Emile - among those with international experience lining up for the French Barbarians.

TEAMS:

Maori All Blacks: 15. Charlie Ngatai, 14. Sean Wainui, 13. Tim Bateman, 12. Rob Thompson, 11. Shaun Stevenson, 10. Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9. Brad Weber, 8. Akira Ioane, 7. Sam Henwood, 6. Tom Franklin, 5. Keepa Mewett, 4. Jackson Hemopo, 3. Marcel Renata, 2. Ash Dixon (c), 1. Chris Eves.

Reserves: 16. Liam Polwart, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Jordan Manihera, 20. Dan Pryor, 21. Jonathan Ruru, 22. Ihaia West, 23. Teihorangi Walden.

French Barbarians: 15. Thomas Ramos, 14. Bastien Pourailly, 13. Aurelien Rougerie (c), 12. Pierre Aguillon, 11. Jean-Baptiste Dubie, 10. Romain N'tamack, 9. Baptiste Couilloud, 8. Martin Devergie, 7. Baptiste Chouzenoux, 6. Mahamadou Diaby, 5. Alexandre Flanquart, 4. Swan Rebbadj, 3. Cedate Gomes Sa, 2. Adrien Pelissie, 1. Sebastien Taofifenua.

Reserves: Anthony Etrillard, 17. Antoine Tochit, 18. Emerick Setiano, 19. Florian Verhaeghe, 20. Mathieu Babillot, 21. Teddy Iribaren 22. Matthieu Jalibert, 23. Loui Dupichot.


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'I will be joining an elite Test team' - John Mitchell confirmed as new England defence coach

Former New Zealand head coach John Mitchell will be joining Eddie Jones' staff as England's defence coach until the end of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Mitchell will leave his role of Executive of Rugby for South African Super Rugby side the Bulls and join up with former Wallabies boss Jones this month to help prepare for their upcoming run of internationals, including a clash against Australia on November 24 at Twickenham.

The 54-year-old replaces Paul Gustard, who took over as head coach of English premiership side Harlequins this season.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work with England Rugby and support Eddie Jones as head coach," Mitchell said.

"I will be joining an elite high-performance programme, test team and coaching group where I will use all my experience and focus to bring the necessary clarity and confidence to the players from a defensive perspective."

England's defence has come under intense scrutiny after a poor run of form in 2018 that has included five defeats in eight internationals.

Three of those losses came in the Six Nations as the defending champions finished a dismal fifth, and criticism has mounted in the wake of their 2-1 series defeat in South Africa.

The hope is that Mitchell's experience will aid an upturn in form. The New Zealander previously served as forwards coach to Clive Woodward when the latter was in charge of England between 1997 and 2000.

As head coach of the All Blacks, he won 23 of 28 tests and led the team to a third-place finish at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and consecutive Tri-Nations titles.

"Defence is a key pillar of our game and John is an experienced coach," said Australian Jones.

"He's coached the All Blacks, USA Rugby and a number of Super Rugby sides so he will bring a wealth of experience and add to the coaching mix we have here."


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'It's a great opportunity' - Canterbury law student dabbles in new NZ Rugby initiative, Ignite Sevens

Canterbury sevens player Grace Steinmetz only played the game last year in December and is now having a crack at making the national women’s team.

New Zealand Rugby has started a new initiative Ignite 7 which sees 48 female and 48 male athletes take part in a four day event on November 21.

Players will go through a field of testing before playing in a televised one day tournament to earmark new talent.

"Hadn't played rugby or sevens before, so come from a touch and hockey background," said Steinmetz.

The 20-year-old law student hopes to one day wear the Black Ferns women jumper as she tries out her hand in the Ignite 7 tournament.

"It is something I would love to do one day, I think it's a great opportunity for sevens now girls, it's professional and it can be your job now," she said.

"I don't have to worry about my law degree, like I can just go and train and be a professional athlete which is definitely a goal of mine."

Coming from a touch and hockey background Grace Steinmetz admits she is still getting used to contact. Source: 1 NEWS


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Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup tickets to go on sale, All Blacks fans urged to get in quick

All Blacks fans are urged to get in quick if they are to secure seats at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with officials warning tickets will sell out fast one year out from the tournament.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the William Webb Ellis Cup after winning Rugby World Cup Final. New Zealand All Blacks v Australia Wallabies, Twickenham Stadium, London, England. Saturday 31 October 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the William Webb Ellis Cup after winning Rugby World Cup Final. Source: Photosport

Half a million tickets have already been pre-sold with tickets set to be open for sale to the public at 1pm today (NZ time).

Head of the Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin believes there will be an "unprecedented demand" for tickets which involves the home team, Japan's Brave Blossoms and the top tier nations.

"All the matches involving Japan, definitely all the matches involving New Zealand... England, Australia are experiencing high demand and we would expect they will be sold out very quickly," said Gilpin.

The All Blacks begin their title defence against the Springboks in Yokohama, the evening after the tournament opener between Japan and Russia in Tokyo on September 20, 2019.

Adult ticket prices are expected to range from ¥10,000 - ¥40,000 (NZD $136-$544) while tickets to the final on November 2 to cost anywhere between ¥25,000 - ¥100,000 (NZD $340-$1361).

"When you bring Rugby World Cup to a place like Japan, you hope that people will get behind it and the demand will be there – and it really has been," said Gilpin.

"It's a fantastic story for the event and a good message of confidence for the organising committee."


Most read: Meet the Kiwi farmer who went from being a Black Fern to becoming the first female to ref a men's first-class game

This story was first published on Tuesday September 18

Rebecca Mahoney says the milestone isn’t about gender – it’s about hard work and a bit of training. Source: 1 NEWS | Sky

Former Black Fern Rebecca Mahoney may have made history when she became the first woman to referee a men’s first-class rugby match last weekend, but she’s shaking off the milestone.

"It's not about who you are or where you're from or what your gender is, it's just hard work and a bit of training."

The 35-year-old has been around rugby most of her life, having won two World Cups before trading in her No.10 jersey for the whistle.

That experience came in handy on Saturday in Te Aroha when she officiated her first Mitre 10 Heartland Championship game between King Country and Thames Valley.

"To see women ref out there, there's no problems," Thames Valley captain Alex Bradley said after the game.

"They take control - probably better than some of the men."

But it’s not just her experience from the game that helps her.

Mahoney says farm life in Eketahuna plays an important role too.

"I'm extremely challenged to hit a standard that most of the boys can hit quite easily, and that's not going to change - genetics aren’t going to change that," she said.

"It’s just a lot of hard work that's going to have to go into it."

History shows the rural lifestyle has gone hand in hand with rugby's greatest figures – take Sir Colin Meads as a prime example.

Women have officiated men in Tests between developing nations but nothing close to the intensity of first-class New Zealand domestic rugby.

While Mahoney doesn’t think she’ll ever officiate the All Blacks, she’s happy knowing the path is a little bit closer.


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