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France change two for Australia

18th June 2014 06:46

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Fulgence Ouedraogo: Starts at seven

France boss Philippe Saint-André has made two changes to his starting XV for Saturday's final Test against Australia in Sydney.

The changes sees Saint-André opting for the offensive skills of flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo, particularly his ball-carrying abilities, which means Yannick Nyanga returns to the bench.

Also, 23-year-old Hugo Bonneval returns for his third cap, with the tourists looking to unleash his speed and power on the wing.

Nyanga finds himself alongside five other forwards in the replacements, while Maxime Machenaud and Remi Lamerat will cover for the back-line.

France are aiming for more of the same in the third and final Test in Sydney on Saturday after grimly shutting out the free-scoring Wallabies during a dour 6-0 defeat in Melbourne.

"We want continuity," said Saint-André said after making just two changes to the starting line-up that kept Australia try-free after shipping seven tries in a first Test massacre at Brisbane.

"We were coherent and regular for 80 mins" in Melbourne.

France have not won in Australia for 24 years, and the coach sees a victory over the third-ranked Wallabies as psychologically important with the World Cup approaching.

"With 14 months to go till the World Cup every match will count," added Saint-André.

Inspirational skipper Thierry Dusautoir, who missed the opening match two weeks ago as he recovered from a torn bicep, will lead les Bleus for a record 49th time at the Allianz Stadium.

"Thierry Dusautoir will enter into French rugby history and overtake Fabien Pelous," said Saint-Andre.

Dusautoir took France to the Six Nation's Grand Slam title in 2010 and the World Cup final the following year.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Hugo Bonneval 10 Remi Tales, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (capt), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini.
Replacements: 16 Christophe Tolofua, 17Vincent Debaty, 18Nicolas Mas, 19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Louis Picamoles, 21 Yannick Nyanga, 22 Maxime Machenaud, 23 Remi Lamerat.

Date: Saturday, June 21
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 15:00 local (06:00 BST, 05:00 GMT)
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), George Clancy (Ireland)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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