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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

All Blacks to Play

WELLINGTON () -- The New Zealand All Blacks will tour France this year as planned, despite calls to cancel the trip in protest to French nuclear testing in the South Pacific, New Zealand Rugby Football Union Chairman Richie Guy said on Thursday.

"We don't want to be drawn into any of those issues," Guy said after a meeting of the council. "We like to keep rugby as a sport and keep out of that."

Guy said he had spoken to New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger briefly a month ago about the tour, scheduled for October and November.