Hosts France and New Zealand will go head-to-head in the opening game of the Rugby World Cup.
Les Bleus come into the clash with the All Blacks off the back of a 41-17 win over Australia, while New Zealand were thrashed by South Africa 35-7 in their final warm-up game.
South Africa are the current holders after Handre Pollard produced a kicking masterclass to help guide the Springboks to a 32-12 victory against England in the 2019 final.
The win over England saw South Africa pick up their third World Cup, with Springboks now level with New Zealand for the most victories at the tournament.
Mail Sport breaks down everything you need to know ahead of France’s clash with New Zealand.
Hosts France face New Zealand in the opening game of the Rugby World Cup in Paris
New Zealand come into the match off the back of a heavy defeat to South Africa
When is France vs New Zealand?
The Rugby World Cup opener between France and New Zealand will take place on Friday, September 8.
Friday evening’s clash between the two teams will get underway at 8.15pm BST.
The Stade de France, Paris, will host the match. There is expected to be an opening ceremony before the game – which will start at around 7pm BST.
How to watch
France’s clash with New Zealand will be shown live on ITV 1, with coverage getting underway at 6.45pm.
Fans can also stream the game live on the ITV X app.
For those wanting to watch the action in the US, Peacock will be streaming the game, while fans in Australia can tune into the game via Stan Sport.
Friday’s clash between France and New Zealand will take place at the Stade De France
Yoram Moefana has been named at inside centre for France’s clash with New Zealand.
The 23-year-old will wear the No. 12 shirt in the absence of the injured Jonathan Danty.
Prop Cyril Baille will miss the game with the All Blacks through injury.
Scott Barrett, who was sent off in new Zealand’s last match with South Africa, starts in the second row, with Beauden Barrett starting in the backline.
Their third brother, Jordie, is out with a knee injury and is replaced by Anton Lienert-Brown.
The starting line-ups for both France and New Zealand is as follows:
France XV: Ramos, Penaud, Fickou, Moefana, Villiere, Jalibert, Dupont, Wardi, Marchand, Atonio, Woki, Flament, Cros, Ollivon, Alldritt
Replacements: Mauvaka, Gros, Aldegheri, Taofifenua, Boudehent, Lucu, Vincent, Jaminet
New Zealand XV: B Barrett, Jordan, Ioane, Lienert-Brown, Telea, Mo’unga, Smith, De Groot, Taylor, Laulala, Whitelock, S Barrett, Papalii, Cane, Savea
Replacements: Taukei’aho, Tu’ungafasi, Newell, Vaa’i, Jacobson, Christie, Havili, Fainga’anuku
Yoram Moefana has been named at inside centre for France’s clash with New Zealand
France to win – 10/11
Draw – 16/1
New Zealand to win – 11/10
All odds via Sky Bet and correct at the time of publication.