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Saint-Andre changes again

Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:55
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France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has continued his selection merry-go-round when he named the team to face Australia in the third and final Test in Sydney on Saturday.

Saint-Andre made two changes to his starting line-up in a bid to salvage a win in the series against the Wallabies.

Saint-Andre recalled Hugo Bonneval, who played at fullback in the first Test, to replace Maxime Medard on the wing.

Fulgence Ouedraogo comes into a reshuffled back row and will start at openside flank, forcing captain Thierry Dusautoir to the blindside.

Yannick Nyanga was relegated to the bench.

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.

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

Dusautoir took France to the Six Nation's grand slam title in 2010 and the World Cup Final the following year.

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.

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 (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini.
Replacements: 16 Christophe Tolofua, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Nicolas 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 (05.00 GMT, 07.00 French time)
Referee: Chris Pollock  (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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