French rugby team to play three Test matches against Australia in June

Last Updated: 29/07/13 3:31pm

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France will play Australia over three Tests in the summer Down Under next year.

Philippe Saint-Andre's side, beaten three times by the All Blacks on tour this year, will begin against the Wallabies on June 7 in Brisbane in 2014, a week after the end of the domestic Top 14 season.

They will then head to Melbourne for a second match a week later, before a third game against new Aussie coach Ewen McKenzie's men, on June 21 in Sydney.

Les Bleus crushed the Australians 33-6 at the Stade de France in Paris last year.

But they have struggled on their travels, with their most recent victory in 1990, when Saint-Andre and current backs coach Patrice Lagisquet were part of the team that won 28-19 in Sydney.

France's last visit to Australia was in 2009, when they lost 22-6 in Sydney.

Saint-Andre's team have only won once in eight matches in 2013 and embarassingly finished bottom in the Six Nations tournament last season. It was their first wooden spoon since 1999.

They are set to play three internationals in November against world champions New Zealand at the Stade de France on November 9, Tonga in the northern port city of Le Havre on November 16 and South Africa back in the capital on November 23.

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