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The Blues have confirmed they will play France in a one-off match during the international side's tour of New Zealand in June.
"The Blues are thrilled to be the first ever New Zealand Super Rugby team to play an international fixture against a touring side," the Blues said in a statement on their website.
The match has been confirmed for June 11 at North Harbour Stadium, during the three-week Super Rugby hiatus.
The match will fall on the Tuesday between the first All Blacks Test at Eden Park and the second match in Christchurch.
"It's wonderful to see the return of a mid-week match from an international touring side and all of us at the Blues are delighted to be hosting this special game against France at North Harbour Stadium," said Blues CEO Andy Dalton.
"It's a great fit – having the Blues take on Les Bleus during their trip to New Zealand."
Blues coach John Kirwan said this opportunity for players to face an international side is another first for many of them in what has been a big learning year for his young side.
"This year has been huge for many of our young guys," Kirwan said.
"They've had a baptism by fire of what Super Rugby is all about and now they get the chance to take on the French during the three week break. What a fantastic experience for all of us, including our fans."