• French Rugby Federation Hosting Kiwis and Japanese in Late 2017

    The speculation can be laid to rest after France has indicated that it will host the All Blacks for the second consecutive year as one of their home Tests.

    That is some time in the future, November 11 to be exact, so All Black supporters have plenty of time to mark their calendars for what could easily be a dual observance of rugby and the Treaty of Versailles.

    The Kiwis have not had much of an issue with the French in quite some time, having last lost to the French in France in the year 2000. Hopefully, 2017 will have no repeats of the debacle in Chicago from last year where the All Blacks surrendered to the Irish for the first time in history.

    The All Blacks were rude tourists last year, walking straight into Paris and departing with a 24 – 19 win.

    Following the appointment in France, they will pay a visit to Scotland the following week and then journey to Wales. To those familiar with the climates in the Isles, it would seem that the itinerary should have been flopped to finish in France.

    World number 11 ranked Japan is also making a trip to France in 2017. They have not been there for almost 50 years, and no, it was not the WW II invasion of Europe that last took them there.