O'Connor and Genia return for tour finale
November 25, 2010
Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia is back in the mix for the clash with France in Paris © 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.
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.
However another nominee - France's Imanol Harinordoquy - will miss the game after being dropped from coach Marc Lievremont's latest matchday squad. Harinordoquy appeared as a second half repacement for No.8 Sebastien Chabal against Argentina last weekend but is ommitted from the bench this time around.
Lievremont has recalled Fulgence Ouedraogo to his starting line-up and the Montpellier flanker will pack down alongside captain Thierry Dusautoir and Chabal at the expense of Clermont Auvergne's Julien Bonnaire drops to the bench. There is another change in the backs, where Perpignan's Jerome Porical is drafted in at fullback. Alexis Palisson shifts to the wing as a result, with Castres' Marc Andreu dropping to the bench.
France: J Porical (Perpignan); Y Huget (Bayonne), A Rougerie (Clermont Auvergne), Y Jauzion (Toulouse), A Palisson (Brive); D Traille (Biarritz), M Parra (Clermont Auvergne); T Domingo (Clermont Auvergne), W Servat (Toulouse), N Mas (Perpignan); J Pierre (Clermont Auvergne), L Nallet (Racing Metro); T Dusautoir (capt, Toulouse), F Ouedraogo (Montpellier), S Chabal (Racing Metro)
Replacements: G Guirado (Perpignan), J Schuster (Perpignan), J Thion (Biarritz), J Bonnaire (Clermont Auvergne), D Yachvili (Biarritz), F Estebanez (Brive), M Andreu (Castres)
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)
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Carlo Damasco (Italy)
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