Australia v France: Will Skelton and Wycliff Palu to start in Sydney

Last Updated: 18/06/14 8:28am

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Will Skelton: Will make his debut

Will Skelton: Will make his debut

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Will Skelton will make his Australia debut in Saturday's third and final Test against France in Sydney.

The Waratahs lock is given his chance ahead of James Horwill as one of two changes made following the 6-0 second Test victory.

Skelton is joined in the pack by Wycliff Palu, with the ‘Tahs No 8 having recovered from an ankle injury to replace Ben McCalman.

Head coach Ewen McKenzie has also tweaked his bench, with Scott Sio and Rob Horne coming in to the squad.

Australia go into the game on the back of convincing wins over Les Bleus and McKenzie is keen for his side to keep improving.


"You're always working towards that complete game where you find the balance between your intentions in attack and an impenetrable defence, and it has been pleasing to see the squad highlight those characteristics at different points across the past six games,” he said.

"Our desire is to always play an up-tempo brand of rugby and we've now scored 23 tries in the past six games, an average of almost four a game.

"Our defence has also been steadily improving with each match, culminating with a shut-out of the French in our most recent match in Melbourne.

"The challenge and what we are always aiming for is to put both together and that will be our goal when we return to afternoon rugby in Sydney on Saturday."

Australia: 15 Folau, 14 Ashley-Cooper, 13 Kuridrani, 12 Toomua, 11 Cummins, 10 Foley, 9 White, 1 Slipper, 2 Polota-Nau, 3 Kepu, 4 Simmons, 5 Skelton, 6 Fardy, 7 Hooper, 8 Palu.
Replacements: 16 Charles, 17 Sio, 18 Weeks, 19 Horwill, 20 McCalman, 21 Phipps, 22 Beale, 23 Horne.

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