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France make 11 changes to their team to face the Wallabies

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

France boss Fabien Galthie has named his team to host Australia this Saturday in Paris, the first outing for the 2022 Grand Slam champions since their July 9 series-clinching 20-15 win over Japan in Tokyo. That game 17 weeks ago turned out to be the last match ever played by the now-retired midfielder Virimi Vakatawa and Les Bleus now return to the field with an XV showing eleven changes from their last outing.

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Second row Thibaud Flament, back-rower Charles Ollivon, versatile back Yoram Moefana – who started in July in midfield but will now play on the left wing – and right wing Damian Penaud are the four repeat picks from four months ago.

France have restored numerous familiar faces to their team, such as half-backs Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack while Gael Fickou will fill the No13 jersey vacated by the sadly retired Vakatawa.

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