France pick rookie playmaker for deciding Test

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A archetypal France headdress was handed to five-eighth Antoine Hastoy for the decisive rugby Test against Australia connected Saturday.

Hastoy impressed successful grooming with his vivacity and manager Fabien Galthie decided connected Thursday to regenerate a bushed Louis Carbonel, who played successful the archetypal 2 Tests.

Australia won the archetypal 23-21 and France the 2nd 28-26 connected Tuesday.

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Antoine Hastoy successful enactment for Pau against Cardiff during the European Challenge Cup. (Getty)

"Louis played 80 minutes successful 2 matches and, fixed what we saw, it seemed to america that Hastoy tin bring a spot of freshness," Galthie said.

"There's besides the prime of his training. He showed america that helium has the imaginable to get into this broadside and bring his qualities arsenic a playmaker, a shot player, some successful beforehand of and down the defence."

Hastoy volition enactment up alongside halfback Baptiste Couilloud, who plays his 3rd consecutive lucifer on with No.8 Anthony Jelonch — the skipper — centre Arthur Vincent, winger Damian Penaud, and goalkicking fullback Melvyn Jaminet.

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"Baptiste is successful form, he's not worn out," Galthie said up of the Test successful Brisbane.

"He's among the champion scrumhalves successful France and it's a accidental for him to summation experience. Above all, helium feels good, and helium recovers quickly."

Galthie's different changes included Pierre-Louis Barassi astatine centre alternatively of Jonathan Danty, and Teddy Thomas connected the near helping for Gabin Villiere, who injured his ankle.

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The props were changed with Enzo Forletta and Sipil Falatea replacing Wilfrid Hounkpatin and the injured Jean-Baptiste Gros.

Jaminet's nerveless kicking saw him onshore 7 penalties and a conversion connected Tuesday successful Melbourne for France's archetypal triumph implicit the Wallabies connected their location ungraded since 1990.

The Test connected Saturday backmost successful Brisbane volition beryllium their 3rd lucifer successful conscionable 11 days.

Prop and halfback swap jobs

The French person been competitory contempt missing prima halves Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, and slick fullback Brice Dulin.

There person been hard circumstances, too, with France spending 2 weeks successful COVID-19-forced quarantine successful Sydney.

But the immense endowment excavation of French rugby has fixed Galthie immoderate pleasant surprises specified arsenic Couilloud and Jaminet, who has yet to adjacent play successful France's Top 14 league.

Hooper gives Australia hope

Meanwhile, 2 reserves could besides marque their Test debuts, centre Julien Heriteau and flanker Alexandre Becognee.

Wallabies manager Dave Rennie made 8 changes to his starting lineup.

"We're assured they'll get the occupation done successful Brisbane," Rennie said.

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Halfback Tate McDermott, fastener Darcy Swain and centre Len Ikitau volition marque their starting debuts for the Wallabies, portion flanker Lachlan Swinton was brought consecutive into the run-on squad for his archetypal Test this year.

James Slipper was retained alongside hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa successful the beforehand enactment for the 3rd consecutive Test, and Allan Alaalatoa recalled astatine tighthead successful spot of Taniela Tupou.

Swain volition spouse Lukhan Salakaia-Loto successful the 2nd row.

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Isi Naisarani is astatine No.8 for the archetypal clip since the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, combining with skipper Michael Hooper and Swinton, successful a caller look backrow.

"We were disappointed with the effect successful Melbourne and we'll beryllium retired to rectify that with much accuracy and composure successful cardinal moments," Rennie said.

FRANCE (15-1): Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Arthur Vincent, Teddy Thomas, Antoine Hastoy, Baptiste Couilloud, Anthony Jelonch (c), Cameron Woki, Dylan Cretin, Romain Taofifenua, Cyril Cazeaux, Sipili Falatea, Gaetan Barlot, Enzo Forletta

Reserves: Anthony Etrillard, Quentin Walcker, Demba Bamba, Pierre-Henry Azagoh, Alexandre Becognee, Teddy Iribaren, Anthony Bouthier, Julien Heriteau

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Filipo Daugunu, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Tate McDermott, Isi Naisarani, Michael Hooper (c), Lachlan Swinton, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper

Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Matt Philip, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Matt To'omua, Reece Hodge

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