Fiji will look for the first win over France when the two sides clash on the 24th of Nov at Paris. Having been labeled the “Brazilians” of Rugby, this Fiji side will be aware of the limelight and will be looking to perform in front of the global audience. On the other hand, Les Bleus France Rugby will be looking to end the Autumn tests on a high after starting badly with a loss to the World Champs. Find out more on Game Predictions, Preview, schedule, key players of France v Fiji Rugby 2018 November Internationals.
Fiji at France Rugby Fixture, Kickoff Time, What Channel the game is on Live Streaming
The clash schedule between Fiji and monstrous France Rugby are as follows.
- What: France v Fiji Rugby 2018 November Internationals
- When: Saturday, November 24th, 2018
- Where: Stade de France, Paris
- Kickoff: 20:05 GMT
- What Channel the game is on: Sky Sports
- Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
- Assistant Referees: Tom Foley (England), Shuhei Kubo (Japan)
- Television Match Official (TMO): Rowan Kitt (England)
FF Rugby June Internationals v All Blacks (49-14)
The French side will face the Boks and the Pumas before playing Fiji. In their previous match, the French were put to the sword by the All Blacks (see prediction)away from home. Tries from Serin and Fofana were not enough for Les Bleus as they were demolished by 49 points to 14. New Zealand All Blacks scored tries via Ben Smith and M. Todd while Loane completed a hat-trick of tries against the European side.
Les Bleus Rugby Player Replacements
J. Poirot, Cedate Gomez, and G. Guirado will get the nod to feature for France v Fiji Rugby 2018 November Internationals. Louis Picamoles will also get the chance to face Fiji alongside Serin who will make the starting XV at the expense of Dupont. One other notable player to make the squad is Camille Lopez. Penaud, Thomas, the Medard will offer the width for the French.
France Rugby Key Players to Watch
The ever-enterprising Bastareaud will be looking to improve on his performances from the opening weekends as France look to outpower Fiji in this matchup. If he rises up to the occasion, the Maxime Medard will be the beneficiary of any openings created and the deadly finisher will be looking to bury any chances. Keep an eye on the performance of these two lads.
Fiji Rugby Last Match Prior to this Tournament
Before the Autumn Internationals, Fiji Rugby last played against Tonga in a game where they lost by 19-27 points. Both sides scored three tries apiece. However, while Fiji managed only two conversions, Tonga converted all their tries and added two penalties. Fiji crossed the line via F. Lomani, Goneva, and Mata while Tonga breached the Falcon defense through Paul Ngauamo, Mafi, and Faleafa with Takulua being clinical with the boot.
Flying Fijians Player Replacements
Two tactical switches see Vereniki and Mata switch to the wing and no.8 respectively. Meanwhile, Radradra will get a chance to feature in the Autumn test window while Tuicuvu and Talebula also make the squad. Other players to get call-ups are hooker Matavesi, Cavubati, and Peceli Yato for France v Fiji Rugby 2018 November Internationals.
Fiji Rugby Key Rookies
The French defense will have to be wary of the threat posed by Vereniki Goneva. Accompanied by the sublime passing of Radradra, Vereniki will be looking to pounce on the slightest of opportunities to breach the French defense. The duo will be looking to combine to a devastating effect at the expense of the European side.
France v Fiji Rugby 2018 November Internationals Score Predictions
These two sides have met nine times with France winning in all those occasions. The most recent being a 40-15 win in the 2014 Autumn tests. French sides are quite incomparable in terms of facing the Fijians in internationals matches both home and away. This year’s November Internationals between these two sides will take place at the home turf of the Les Bleus and considering the superior head to head stats, France has the edge in this game.
Predictions: France 38-17 Fiji
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