Does France have the All Blacks' number?

The All Blacks will be looking to avoid a repeat of their 2007 defeat to Les Bleus.

File: All Blacks player Aaron Cruden makes a break during the international rugby Test match between the All Blacks and France in Auckland on 8 June 2013. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - If Rugby World Cup legend is anything to go by, it would seem that France might just have the All Blacks' number.

As the two teams prepare to square off this Saturday, almost eight years to the day of the All Blacks' fateful quarter-final knockout from the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the All Blacks will be looking to exorcise their demons of that 20-18 defeat to Les Bleus.

The Kiwi media have taken on the hoodoo between the teams, with reports of the _New Zealand Herald _declaring the quarterfinal match up as "the worst possible draw for the All Blacks".

All that said, the All Blacks record against France is still formidable at a substantial 55 games between the two countries, with 42 New Zealand wins, 12 to the French and a single 20-all draw in Wellington in 2002.

After their thrashing of France in the 1987 final, it was expected that the All Blacks would take home the Web Ellis Cup regularly, but when they didn't, France joined southern-hemisphere teams who had eliminated the Kiwis.

In the 1999 semi-final the French managed to come back from 24-10 to secure a place in the final against the Wallabies, managing to collect 26 points in the match's last 13 minutes.

In their last World Cup meeting, the two teams scrapped out a 7-8 point match that ultimately saw the All Blacks lift the cup after a hard-fought battle.

France is the only northern-hemisphere team to beat the All Blacks in RWC and are justifiably keeping the world number ones on their toes.