LIVE: Wallabies eye rare series win vs France

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France manager Fabien Galthie hasn't truthful overmuch shuffled his battalion but wholly revamped it successful making 5 changes for the 2nd Test against Australia successful Melbourne contiguous (8pm AEST).

Stade Francais fastener Pierre-Henri Azagoh and Castres prop Wilfrid Hounkpatin person been named to marque their Test debuts for Les Bleus, with Galthie talking up the imaginable of the erstwhile successful particular.

"He is simply a discovery," Galthie said of the 22-year-old 2nd rower.

"Plays successful the shadows, he's a worker, precise progressive who shows a batch of quality and doesn't play for himself.

"He tin beryllium different revelation connected this tour."

Azagoh volition signifier a brand-new fastener pairing with Bordeaux's Cyril Cazeaux arsenic Romain Taofifenua and Killian Geraci driblet to a almighty seat that again features six forwards.

Castres prop Wilfrid Hounkpatin comes successful for Demba Bamba portion Galthie has besides revamped his back-row.

Captain Anthony Jelonch moves from openside flanker to No.8 with Cameron Woki starting astatine No.7 and Ibrahim Diallo connected the blindside.

Galthie explained wherefore helium kept the backline intact, including caller fullback Melvyn Jaminet whose panicked walk nether unit allowed the Wallabies to regain possession aft the siren.

"These 7 players, to varying degrees, did alright," Galthie said.

"The important happening is that they consciousness confident.

"We decided not to alteration the halfbacks (No 9 and 10). It's portion of the learning process.

"For a batch of rookie players this is simply a clip of accelerated learning...

"The prime of creation was archetypal of each dictated by performance.

"We tried to physique again a beardown team, capable to lucifer with the Australians, portion sparing a radical of 41 players.

"Let's not hide that our starting imaginativeness for this circuit was to observe talent."

FRANCE (15-1): Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Louis Carbonel, Baptiste Couilloud, Anthony Jelonch (c), Cameron Woki, Ibrahim Diallo, Cyril Cazeaux, Pierre-Henri Azagoh, Wilfrid Hounkpatin, Gaetan Barlot, Jean-Baptiste Gros

Reserves: Anthony Etrillard, Enzo Forletta, Demba Bamba, Killian Geraci, Romain Taofifenua, Sekou Macalou, Teddy Iribaren, Anthony Bouthier

Dynamic prop Taniela Tupou has been promoted to commencement for the Wallabies arsenic they purpose to wrapper up the bid with triumph implicit France successful Tuesday's 2nd Test successful Melbourne.

Tupou had a monolithic interaction disconnected the seat successful the thrilling 23-21 archetypal Test triumph successful Brisbane, dominating the scrum and forcing France into captious blunders with his precocious hustle.

The 25-year-old replaces Allan Alaalatoa successful the lone alteration to manager Dave Rennie's match-day 23.

Rennie had made it wide that the 2 tightheads would proceed to occupation stock passim the series.

How champion to usage Tupou's unsocial abilities successful each Test has go 1 of Australian rugby's large enactment debates: not rather connected the David Pocock/Michael Hooper, George Smith/Phil Waugh oregon George Gregan/Chris Whitaker level but connected its way.

"Taniela made a existent interaction connected some sides of the shot erstwhile helium came connected successful astatine Suncorp Stadium and we'll beryllium looking for him to bash the aforesaid from the get spell successful Melbourne," Rennie said.

"We've worked hard and we're good conditioned. A deficiency of accuracy successful Brisbane denied america the accidental to marque the astir of that, but we showed plentifulness of quality to enactment successful the combat until the last whistle.

"We request to commencement fast, beryllium much objective and crook unit into points astatine AAMI Park connected Tuesday night."  

Rennie has ignored calls to beforehand Tate McDermott to commencement astatine halfback aft the Reds sparkplug besides provided immoderate match-turning interaction from the seat astatine Suncorp Stadium.

Jake Gordon retains the No.9 jersey aft an indifferent show successful his archetypal crippled backmost from a important genu injury.

Rennie rates Gordon's passing and kicking crippled arsenic superior to McDermott's.

Five-eighth James O'Connor remains sidelined with a groin wounded arsenic Rennie kept the aforesaid 23 intact for the archetypal clip successful his Wallabies coaching tenure.

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Matt To'omua, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Jake Gordon, Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Isi Naisarani, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway

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