All Blacks must be ready for France - Read


New Zealand captain Kieran Read said the All Blacks are braced for a gruelling battle against France in Paris on Saturday.

The showdown at Stade De France will conclude New Zealand's four-Test tour of the Northern Hemisphere, in which they suffered their first ever loss to Ireland earlier in November.

Since then, the All Blacks have beaten Italy and exacted revenge of Ireland in Dublin, but Read knows New Zealand must lift their game against the physically imposing French.

"We know every time we play the French, their emphasis on their scrum is huge so we are just going to have to get our attitude right as a whole eight," Read said.

"I don't know whether we can go as individuals against a scrum like the French, so it is all just going to be hands to the pump and do the best we can.

"I think if you get the mental side right generally it shows in our performance. It is always a tricky one this last week and traditionally it has been pretty tough for us so that has been the big emphasis for us this week.

"If we can see a performance and just some excitement from the lads, I'm sure it is going to be a positive for us on Saturday."

Read continued: "The guys are really excited, a lot of our guys haven't been to Paris before and haven't played the French so we have got a bunch of young men pretty excited about the challenge. Guys who are experienced enough to know how tough the French are and the fact that we have really got to turn up and be excited to play tomorrow.

"Any win is important for us, especially against the French, they are always a big foe for us. We will just go out there and do our best to perform and certainly, obviously we want to get the win."