Australia

French heading Down Under

Tue, 26 Nov 2013 06:38
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The last time Australia faced France they suffered a heavy 33-6 defeat
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The Wallabies will take on France in a three Test series in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney next year in their first tour to Australia since 2009.

The tour  will kick off on Saturday 7 June at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium followed by the second Test a week later at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday 14 June.

The three Test series will culminate with a final afternoon match on Saturday 21 June at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

Les Bleus are not to be underestimated with history showing impressive performances against rugby powerhouses, including the All Blacks.

The last time Australia faced France they suffered a heavy 33-6 defeat during their opening 2012 year-end tour match in Paris against a French side described as 'powerful and flamboyant'.  

It was a different story in 2010 when Australia had a strong 59-16 win over France. The 43 point margin was a record for Australia in both their home and away matches against the French.

Australia and France have played each other in 42 Test matches. Australia has won 23, France has won 17 times, while two have been drawn.

The tour for the French will follow the Six Nations in February and March.

France slumped to last place in the last 2013 Six Nations, however recent Tests against South Africa, Tonga and New Zealand in the current November Internationals, and their three-Test series tour of New Zealand earlier this year, have earned the French crucial experience against some of world rugby's best.

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