15 Jun 2013

Absent McCaw remembers dangers of 2nd test

11:38 am on 15 June 2013

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has sounded a warning ahead of tonight's second test against France in Christchurch.

McCaw, who's sitting out the three-test series as part of his sabbatical, is anticipating an improved performance from both sides.

But he says at the back of the All Blacks' mind will be the three test series against Ireland last year, when the home side won the first game by more than 30 points only to narrowly win the second test.

Evening rain and a low of six degrees is forecast so expect a tight game in slippery winter conditions.

It's Kieran Read's 50th test, and the milestone is all the more special as he gets to play at home - and captain the All Blacks.

Read will lead the All Blacks out for a 7.35pm kickoff.

Later tonight, the New South Wales Waratahs host the British and Irish Lions in Sydney.