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New Zealand have thrashed France 62-13 to advance to the Rugby World Cup semi finals.

With revenge over the French complete in brutal fashion, New Zealand is another step closer to winning the Rugby World Cup for a third time.

The All Blacks have not been at their absolute best during this tournament despite coasting through the pool stage.

But Saturday's 62-13 demolition of France at the Millennium Stadium was irrefutable proof they are building momentum at the right time.

The defending champions are safely through to the semi-finals without skipping a beat, having avoided another slip-up against one of their few bogey teams.

All Blacks winger Julian Savea helped himself to a hat-trick, evoking memories of Jonah Lomu as he barged his way through the French defence.

Replacement Tawera Kerr-Barlow crossed twice, helping New Zealand rack up their highest ever score against France after Brodie Retallick, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read had all touched down.

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