Australia v France: Teams
Wallabies and Les Bleus set for Sydney showdown
Last Updated: 28/06/08 1:16pm
France coach Marc Lièvremont has continued with his policy of experimentation for the first Test against Australia in Sydney.
With his top players unavailable because of club commitments, Lièvremont has gone for a mixture of the untried and the recalled.
Alexis Palisson and Benoît Lecouls will both win their first caps, while Montpellier fly-half François Trinh-Duc is moved to inside centre.
Veteran centre Damien Traille will be asked to guide through his positional change, with Bourgoin's Benjamin Boyet handed a fourth cap in the No.10 shirt.
The experience in the pack will come from Sébastien Chabal, who will team up with his Sale team-mates Sébastien Bruno and Lionel Faure, and No.8 Imanol Harinordoquy.
"In my opinion, we have a very good balance with just two players starting for the first time," Lièvremont said. "We tried to get some experienced players to start this game."
On the bench, Lièvremont has included six new caps, including Leicester hooker Benjamin Kayser.
Australia head coach Robbie Deans passed his first Test with colours, if not exactly flying ones with an 18-12 win over Ireland, and will be keen for an improved display in Sydney.
The Wallabies start with the same back-line which started proceedings against the Irish, however there is one change in the front-row.
Prop Matt Dunning has withdrawn from the squad after suffering a reoccurrence of bleeding from a cork in his leg.
Australia's most capped Test prop Al Baxter replaces him in the pack with Ben Alexander rejoining the Wallabies from Australia A.
Australia: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Peter Hynes, 13 Stirling Mortlock (c), 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Lote Tuqiri, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 George Smith, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 James Horwill, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Phil Waugh, 20 Sam Cordingley, 21 Ryan Cross, 22 Adam Ashley-Cooper.
France: 15 Pepito Elhorga, 14 Alexis Palisson, 13 Damian Traille, 12 François Trinh-Duc, 11 Benjamin Thiéry, 10 Benjamin Boyet, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 1 Lionel Faure, 2 Sébastien Bruno, 3 Benoît Lecouls, 4 Lionel Nallet (c), 5 Sébastien Chabal, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 7 Louis Picamoles, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy.
Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser, 17 Renaud Boyoud, 18 David Couzinet, 19 Mathieu Lièvremont, 20 Sébastien Tillous-Bordes, 21 Thibault Lacroix, 22 David Janin.