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France makes 2 changes for 3rd test vs Australia

June 18, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has made two changes to his starting lineup in a bid to salvage a win in the three-test series against Australia.

Saint-Andre on Wednesday recalled first-test fullback Hugo Bonneval to replace Maxime Medard on the wing for Saturday’s series finale in Sydney. Fulgence Ouedraogo comes into a reshuffled back row and will start at openside flanker, forcing captain Thierry Dusautoir to the blindside.

Yannick Nyanga was relegated to the bench.

Australia, bidding to win its seventh consecutive match, took the first test 50-23 in Brisbane and beat France 6-0 last Saturday in Melbourne.

France and Australia have only contested one three-test series, when now-coach Ewen McKenzie’s Wallabies won 2-1 in 1990. France avoided a series sweep by winning the final test in Sydney 28-19.

Australia also made two changes to its starting XV when it named its team Tuesday. New South Wales lock Will Skelton will make his test debut and Skelton’s Waratahs teammate Wycliff Palu will play at No. 8 after missing the second test with an ankle injury.

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Teams:

Australia: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins, Bernard Foley, Nic White; James Slipper, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper (captain), Wycliff Palu. Reserves: Nathan Charles, Scott Sio, Laurie Weeks, James Horwill, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Kurtley Beale, Rob Horne.

France: Brice Dulin, Yoann Huget, Mathieu Bastareaud, Wesley Fofana, Hugo Bonneval, Remi Tales, Morgan Parra, Damien Chouly, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Yoann Maestri, Alexandre Flanquart, Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado, Alexandre Menini. Reserves: Christopher Tolofua, Vincent Debaty, Nicolas Mas, Bernard Le Roux, Louis Picamoles, Yannick Nyanga, Maxime Machenaud, Remi Lamerat.

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