O'Connor and Genia back for Wallabies
November 25, 2010
Winger James O'Connor missed the victory over Italy last weekend © Getty Images
Winger James O'Connor and scrum-half Will Genia have been recalled to the Australia line-up for this Saturday's clash with France at the Stade de France.
The 20-year-old O'Connor missed last weekend's 32-14 victory over Italy in Florence to return home for a funeral but has reclaimed his place on the right wing for the Wallabies' tour finale with Lachie Turner dropping to the bench. In the only other change to the starting XV, Will Genia gets the nod at scrum-half having fully recovered from rib cartilage damage sustained during Australia's defeat by England two weeks ago with Luke Burgess making way.
"Will was obviously part of the squad last week but we wanted to give him a chance to fully recover from his rib injury," Australia coach Robbie Deans said. "It's good to have James back.
"He's had a tough week but he's come back in a really good frame of mind and he's looking forward to participating again on Saturday night."
Berrick Barnes retains the playmaker role at No.10 with no room for Matt Giteau in the matchday squad. Fullback Kurtley Beale and flanker David Pocock will also feature fresh from being named in the shortlist for the International Rugby Board Player of the Year.
Australia: K Beale (Waratahs); J O'Connor (Western Force), A Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies), B Barnes (Reds), D Mitchell (Waratahs); Q Cooper (Reds), W Genia (Reds); J Slipper (Reds), S Moore (Brumbies), B Alexander (Brumbies), R Simmons (Reds), N Sharpe (Western Force), R Elsom (Brumbies, capt), D Pocock (Western Force), B McCalman (Western Force)
Replacements: T Polota-Nau (Waratahs), B Robinson (Waratahs), M Chisholm (Brumbies), S Higginbotham (Reds), L Burgess (Waratahs), M Giteau (Brumbies), L Turner (Waratahs)
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