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To make the final of the Tri-Series the Kiwis fate now rests with the Kangaroos when they take on Great Britain next weekend.
The loss to Great Britain at the weekend leaves the Kiwis with one point, at the bottom of the Tri-Series table.
Australia must beat Great Britain in the next game for New Zealand to have any chance of making the Tri-Series final.
A number of Kiwis are carrying knocks from the weekend's loss and they will be restricted in their buildup for the mid-week test against France on Thursday morning.
Thomas Leuluai will have a scan on his shoulder to determine the full extent of the injury.
The Kiwis have already lost five players in the series with Robbie Paul the only specialist inside back left if Leuluai is ruled out.
Roy Asotasi is over his ankle injury and will be available for the last two matches.
The squad leaves for France early on Wednesday morning.