Wallabies Start Spring Tour

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Kurtley Beale will start at fly-half against France on Sunday morning (AEST). Image courtesy of au.eurosport.com
The Wallabies have had an up and down season of Test rugby, but the Spring Tour featuring tests against France , England, Italy and Wales will certainly give an indication of where Robbie Deans’ team is ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour next year.

Les Blues almost stole the Rugby World Cup off New Zealand last year with a barnstorming performance in the decider, but the entertainers of Europe are only ranked 5th after a disappointing Six Nations earlier this year when went down in tight encounters with England and Wales.

Australia has a remarkably good record against France, and the Wallabies are currently on a five-game winning streak. Stade de France has also been a happy hunting ground for the green and gold, winning four of the five matches played there, including a 59-16 thumping of the home side on their last visit there in 2010. Surprisingly, the average margin of victory in the past five wins is 23, and Australia has won by 13+ in all but one of those matches.

New France coach, Philippe Saint-Andre has named a new-look squad for the Test, and a number of figures from the World Cup tilt are missing, including inspirational skipper Thierry Dusautoir. Deans has his own selection issues, as well, given the Wallabies’ long injury list. It is starting to shorten, though, with the likes of David Pocock, Stephen Moore, Drew Mitchell, Wycliff Palu and Sekope Kepu recovering in time for the tour. 

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