Australia 50(29), France 23(9)


Australia, comprised of a team of Super Rugby form players, will welcome a French team that is looking a little thin after the Top 14 Final.
None of Les Bleus will fear the Wallabies, however, after they embarrassed them in 2012, in the scrums and elsewhere, to win 33-6 in Paris the last time they played.
This time around the Wallabies will be targeting a 3-0 home series outcome as they had against Wales in 2012, but each Test was a close run thing and this series could be the same.
French coach Philippe Saint-André has given the Wallabies a significant advantage for the first test.
He has rested all the players who appeared in the Top 14 Final last weekend, except for a couple of backs on the bench.
Thierry Dusautoir and Yannick Nyanga, who have played only a few hours between them since they were injured early in 2014, are also included in the squad.
Some of his squad haven’t played since the end of the regular season at the beginning of May and are rusty already.
McKenzie had to make tough decisions on his matchday team.
It was a wrench for him to drop improving scrumhalf Will Genia from the 23, but Nic White and Nick Phipps had been playing well for longer, and it was better to start White against France than against the All Blacks or Springboks.
Foley was nominated as flyhalf and Matt Toomua, inside centre. Toomua played well at No.10 for the Brumbies, but was outstanding in the 12 jersey for the Wallabies on their 2013 End of Year tour before he was injured.
Foley, only recently earning his test debut when he came on against Argentina to score a try and add two conversions, is clearly proud to wear the Gold jersey.
Recent results:
2012 France won 33-6, Paris
2010 Australia won 59-16, Paris
2009 Australia won 22-6, Sydney
2008 Australia won 18-13, Paris
2008 Australia won 40-10, Brisbane
2008 Australia won 34-13, Sydney
2005 France won 26-16, Marseille
2005 Australia won 37-31, Brisbane
2004 France won 27-14, Paris
2002 Australia won 31-25, Sydney
Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nic White, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 James Slipper.  Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 James Horwill, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Kurtley Beale, 23 Pat McCabe.
France: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Yohann Huget, 13 Gael Fickou, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Felix Le Bourhis, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Maxime Machenaud; 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Nicolas Mas (captain), 2 Guilhelm Guirado, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Antoine Burban, 21 Morgan Parra, 22 Remi Lamerat, 23 Brice Dulin.
Date: Saturday, June 7
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.40 (09.40 GMT; 11.40 French time)
Expected weather: It should be great conditions for rugby, as it will be mostly sunny and mild, with a high of 24°C and a low of 13°C. There will be a gentle (14 km/h) breeze blowing in a SSE direction.
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Source: Rugby365
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  1. I’m so negative about the previous game I am not even sure I can watch this…

    Craig Joubert has been universally awful the past two seasons so if he screws this one like that asshole Nigel |Owens did the previous game I swear that is it for me and I’ll decide to watch games based on who refs them… not whether there will be good play or not.

    That Wynne Barnes twab is another oone who should have his whistle shoved up his lowest orifice.

  2. Australia with penalty and decide to go for line….

    TRY Folau !!!after Australia almost messed up a good attack…Folau just find space with his speed and strength…

    Australia lead 10-3