In a shock omission Shelford was not named in tonight's test squad. I can't believe it either.
The general consensus with the pre-match poll suggests you think the All Blacks will smash them, and Cruden will have a big game. Only 17 of you think the French will nick it.
We are five minutes away from kick off, so I will be able to tell you very shortly.
Players are now making their way out to the field. It's a packed Eden Park on a beautiful clear night in Auckland. We are set for a cracker.
Hasn't rained all day, so the footing should be fine tonight on a firm track.
She's a 46,000 sellout tonight and the atmosphere is electric. Anthems currently being belted out.
No probs Leon, enjoy the game we are just a few short songs away from the action.
I don't think I should be encouraging you to read updates while driving Muncher.
Here we go, it's haka time.
It is big Keven Mealamu leading the charge.
The challenge has been laid down. The French stood there and accepted. Great scenes.
Away we go with France kicking off down to Brodie Retallick.
The All Blacks run it early and Ma' Nonu sends a nice punt downfield.
France return the fire and it lands in the hands of Julian Savea.
Cruden goes on a searching run and finds Coles. The ABs are in French territory now.
Most of the ABs have had an early touch of the ball.
Great opening sequence but the French defence held and forced the turnover.
The ABs threw a lot at them there. The French are solid early.
France on the ABs 22 now, good position.
Early drop kick attempt from Lopez.... goes wide.
Gloriously French is how the commentators describe it. Interesting option early on.
France have the ball in hand again, over the advantage line.
They knock the ball on and it will be an ABs scrum just inside their own half.
France went early, ABs go with the quick tap.
Israel Dagg attacks down the left flank but the ball is slapped away by the French. ABs scrum.
Nonu punches a hole in the French defence, looks for a pass and it's knocked down once again by a French defender. ABs scrum.
Aaron Smith darts at the French line from the back of the scrum but the French have turned it over.
Lopez kicks deep, the ball runs out of play and we will start again from the ABs 22.