Wallabies forced to join France's victory party

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The Wallabies were bracing for an awkward instrumentality travel to Brisbane connected the aforesaid formation arsenic a jubilant France arsenic a rollicking bid hurtles towards a bid decider astatine Suncorp Stadium connected Saturday.

The Trophée des Bicentenaires - presently held by the Wallabies - is present being eyed intimately by Les Bleus arsenic satellite rugby's rising unit registered their archetypal Test triumph successful Australia since 1990 successful Melbourne connected Tuesday.

A see-sawing 2nd Test followed an eerily akin way to the archetypal but this clip France held their nervus arsenic 2 headdress superboot fullback Melvyn Jaminet showcased the extent of Fabien Galthie's squad by nailing a clutch punishment for a 28-26 triumph.

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Jaminet is yet to play a crippled successful the apical formation Top 14 contention yet was 1 of the champion players astatine AAMI Park and kicked 7 nerveless penalties connected the night.

The 2 teams flew southbound connected the aforesaid formation and were acceptable to bash the aforesaid connected the instrumentality travel to Brisbane arsenic Wallabies fable Tim Horan quizzed prop James Slipper connected the awkward imaginable of witnessing their celebrations up close.

"They tin portion arsenic overmuch arsenic they want," Slipper quipped connected Stan Sport.

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"The program was to triumph contiguous and that didn't happen.

"A 4 time turnaround, thing we're not utilized to but we'll beryllium acceptable to go."

Indeed, 4 time turnarounds are simply unheard of successful the modern crippled but the complexities of COVID-19 led to a unique, jampacked schedule.

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Prop and halfback swap jobs

Wallabies manager Dave Rennie rolled the dice by fielding the aforesaid 23 players for backmost to backmost Tests portion rival Fabien Galthie made 5 changes to his starting guardant pack.

"It's much astir the assemblage and the caput now, we've done plentifulness of work," Rennie said connected Stan Sport.

"We're wide connected what we request to bash truthful we'll retrieve well, we'll person a fewer locomotion throughs but determination won't beryllium excessively overmuch successful anger. We'll person to usage the squad.

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"Obviously we didn't marque immoderate changes with the 23 that we played contiguous - backed them to get the occupation done and the bid over.

"But we're a beauteous acceptable side, we're assured immoderate of those guys volition backmost up but we'll utilise guys extracurricular that 23."

Rennie bemoaned France's breakdown dominance and immoderate basal errors which person blotted Australia's copybook successful some Tests.

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"But I've seen a batch of quality successful this radical and we're beauteous determined truthful we'll bounce backmost connected Saturday," Rennie said.

"We saw plentifulness tonight. We've conscionable got to beryllium much clinical, we've got to beryllium a small much diligent and physique unit for longer.

"I deliberation we near immoderate points retired determination astatine assorted times erstwhile we got down successful the 'A-zone' truthful we request to beryllium amended there."

Louis Carbonel of France celebrates his team's win. (Getty)

Horan suggested that halfback Tate McDermott and centre Len Ikitau could commencement the bid decider but didn't similar the thought of wholesale changes.

"You can't springiness distant golden jerseys."

The Wallabies volition sanction their 3rd Test squad connected Thursday.

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