France ring changes for second Wallabies Test

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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 connected Tuesday night.

Galthie's backline remains the aforesaid from the heartbreaking 23-21 nonaccomplishment to the Wallabies successful the archetypal Test successful Brisbane - leaving a second-string France successful must-win mode to support their bid triumph hopes alive.

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.

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"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."

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Pierre-Henri Azagoh of Stade Francais wins a lineout against caller Test teammate Ibrahim Diallo of Racing 92. (Getty)

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.

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France' manager Fabien Galthie astatine Stade de France successful Paris. (Getty)

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 each right," Galthie said.

"The important happening is that they consciousness confident.

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"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."

Wallabies manager Dave Rennie made conscionable 1 alteration with prop Taniela Tupou coming successful for Allan Alaalatoa astatine tighthead.

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

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