The first ever Test between France and New Zealand resulted in disappointment for a courageous home side, three days after Christmas, 1947.
The Kiwis had been meant to play France on their 1939-40 northern hemisphere tour, but the outbreak of World War II saw New Zealand play just two matches – against St Helens and Dewsbury – before having to return home. (They won both games).
In 1947, the Kiwis opened the French leg of their tour with a 10-7 win over Catalans in Perpignan, in front of a crowd of 18,000.
The next match was the Test – at Parc des Princes in Paris – with the Kiwis emerging 11-7 winners, scoring three tries to one.
New Zealand’s try scorers were Jack Forest (West Coast), Len Jordan (Auckland) and Ron McGregor (Auckland), with Warwick Clarke (Auckland) landing a goal.
Gaston Calixte scored France’s try, with enigmatic fullback, Puig Aubert, the favorite of the crowd of 15,000, landing two goals.
French centre, Joseph Maso was one of the most dangerous attacking players on the field, but France could not convert promising raids into points.