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Classic matches: France 43 - 31 New Zealand - 1999

At the time it was called "the biggest upset in the whole of Rugby World Cup history" and it's still thought to be one of the best games to ever happen in the tournament.

France stormed to victory over New Zealand in the semi final with a few penalties, a couple of drop goals and a smattering of tries.

Fly half Christophe Lamaison either scored or set up all of Les Bleus' points and was no match for the All Blacks despite a couple of tries from legendary winger Jonah Lomu.

In the second half the French scored 26 unanswered points in just 13 minutes which led them to the final where they missed out on the cup to Australia.

This year New Zealand are heading into the tournament as clear favourites to win however France could be looking cause trouble for the other teams in the competition to reach the final once again.

Five potential stars of the Rugby World Cup 2015

Israel Folau will certainly have an impact on the Rugby World Cup.

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World Cup history is laced with memories of wonderful individual performances, whether through unforgettable tries, match-winning heroics or inspired leadership, and this year's tournament promises to be no exception.

Andrew Baldock identifies five players who could make the world sit up and take notice during September and October.

France 25-20 England: The winners and losers

England's preparations for the World Cup suffered a setback with their 25-20 defeat by France in Paris and now head coach Stuart Lancaster faces several tough selection decisions as he nears the deadline for finalising his 31-man squad. Here, we look at the winners and losers from the match.

Cipriani shone for England.

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France pick Fofana and Bastareaud to play England

France have selected first-choice centre pairing Wesley Fofana and Mathieu Bastareaud for Saturday's World Cup warm-up match against England in Paris.

Bastareaud will line up to play England in Paris on Saturday.

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Fofana and Bastareaud, who will line up opposite Luther Burrell and Jonathan Joseph, feature outside the Toulon half-back pairing of Seb Tillous-Borde and Freddie Michalak.

Louis Picamoles, France's most destructive player in their 19-14 defeat at Twickenham last Saturday, continues at number eight while lock Pascal Pape captains the side.

France: S Spedding; Y Huget, M Bastareaud, W Fofana, N Nakaitaci; F Michalak, S Tillous-Borde; E B Arous, G Guirado, R Slimani, P Pape (capt), Y Maestri, D Chouly, B le Roux, L Picamoles.

Replacements: B Kayser, V Debaty, U Atonio, A Flanquart, Y Nyanga, R Kockott, R Tales, G Fickou.

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England 19-14 France: England's winners and losers

England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

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England began preparations for the Rugby World Cup with a 19-14 victory over France at Twickenham that will have given head coach Stuart Lancaster plenty to reflect upon as he considers the make-up of his squad for the global showpiece.

Here Press Association Sport examines the winners and losers emerging from the first of two Tests against Les Bleus.