Australia Wallabies vs France Live Match 2014, Australia hosts France on Saturday, June 21 in the third and final Test against Les Bleus at Allianz Stadium. The match kicks off at 3.00pm (AEST).
Australia Wallabies vs France
Saturday, June 21 – 3:00pm (AEST)
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
It’s a return to the amateur days of Test rugby as the scarves and jackets are swapped for sunglasses and hats with the return of an afternoon fixture. The Wallabies played Wales at Allianz Stadium at the same time two years ago and while that game failed to deliver a spectacle worthy of the strong crowd, hopes are high that running rugby will dominate this time around.
A dead rubber? Granted, the series is done and dusted. But there’s still plenty for both sides to play for, not least of which the Wallabies who’d hate to see their six-game run come to an end and the momentum of the last few weeks squandered.
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France meanwhile are staring down the barrel of a fourth straight loss and won’t want to dwell on that inglorious run while sunning themselves by the beach in Biarritz. Last week’s dour slog infuriated fans at Etihad Stadium but it was a much-improved performance from the visitors and one they’ll look to build on come Saturday.
The return of Thierry Dusautoir to the pack and Mathieu Bastareaud to the backs stiffened their defensive resolve but the fact they were held to zero for just the fifth time in the last 50 years – and first ever by Australia – is a major concern. We’re always hearing about the French flair – we need to see it on Saturday.
Australia, too, were unable to find the tryline last week and had to rely on a penalty each from Nic White and Bernard Foley to see off Les Bleus in Melbourne. They did score seven tries the week before however, and coach Ewen McKenzie is confident they can again rediscover that impressive attack.
Only a few tickets are left and with a sunny afternoon forecast it could well be a memorable afternoon at Moore Park.
Wallabies: 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 (c), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 James Horwill, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Kurtley Beale, 23 Rob Horne.
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 (c), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Alexandre Menini.
Subs: 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.