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Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Assistant referees: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
After powering through 16 straight weeks of Super Rugby the June Test series has arrived in a hurry as the northern hemisphere elite head south in search of rare victories.
France are back in Australia for the first time since 2008 and while they won the last fixture between the two sides in Paris two years ago, they’re without a win Down Under in 24 years. There’s not a lot to suggest that will change either.
At the end of a long season following the Top 14, Heineken Cup, Six Nations and last year’s November Tests, few could begrudge Les Bleus for having an eye on a couple of months rest at Biarritz. But it’s no different for the likes of the Wallabies, Springboks and All Blacks who all round out their seasons with tough tours of Europe at the end of the year. In other words — it’s time the Six Nations sides aimed up down south.
There’s no shortage of quality in this French squad but they will miss inspirational skipper Thierry Dusautoir who has been ruled out of Saturday’s first Test. The man who gave the Wallabies all kinds of grief at the Stade de France in 2012, Louis Picamoles, is also out with injury.
There is no form guide because the Wallabies haven’t played since November, nor has France since the middle of March.
By the end of their spring tour Australia was playing some of their best rugby in recent years.
In Six Nations France beat England but got thrashed by Wales. Their finest match was against Ireland in the last game of the tournament, when they lost a cracking contest on a late forward pass decision.
If they play with that form they could win the series, but if they perform like they did in their squeaky win against Scotland the week before, they won’t win a test match.
Australia: 1 James Slipper, 2 Stephen Moore (c), 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Sam Carter, 6 Scott Fardy, 7 Michael Hooper, 8 Wycliff Palu, 9 Nic White, 10. Bernard Foley, 11 Nick Cummins, 12 Matt Toomua, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 15 Israel Folau.
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: 1 Thomas Domingo, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 3 Nicolas Mas (c), 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 5 Yoann Maestri, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 7 Bernard le Roux, 8 Damien Chouly, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 10 Frederic Michalak, 11 Felix le Bourhis, 12 Wesley Fofana, 13 Gaël Fickou, 14 Yoann Huget, 15 Hugo Bonneval.
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.