Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas and Dave Dennis named in Australia line-up to face France
Last Updated: 08/11/12 8:55am
Australia coach Robbie Deans has recalled Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas and Dave Dennis for Saturday's clash with France.
Prop Kepu and lock Douglas are promoted to the starting XV after impressing off the bench in the drawn third Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks.
Blindside flanker Dennis comes in for Scott Higginbotham, who is suspended.
Deans has made two further changes on the bench, with Rob Simmons replacing the injured Sitaleki Timani and Berrick Barnes coming in for Drew Mitchell.
"Obviously you adjust things a little bit to cater for a particular opposition but we have had the benefit of some continuity leading into this match, which hasn't always been the case for us this year," said Deans.
"There was a lot of good stuff to come out of our last outing, but there were also plenty of things that we could have done better.
"We've talked about that in the time since. While the effort of the players couldn't be faulted [on that occasion], the accuracy of our execution failed us at times, and will need to be better for the challenges ahead if we are to achieve the consistency of performance we are seeking."
Australia: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 James Slipper, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Radike Samo, 21 Liam Gill, 22 Brett Sheehan, 23 Berrick Barnes.