LIVE: Thrilling Test series enters 'Le Decider'

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A archetypal France headdress was handed to five-eighth Antoine Hastoy for the decisive rugby Test against Australia connected Saturday.

Hastoy impressed successful grooming with his vivacity and manager Fabien Galthie decided connected Thursday to regenerate a bushed Louis Carbonel, who played successful the archetypal 2 Tests.

Australia won the archetypal 23-21 and France the 2nd 28-26 connected Tuesday.

"Louis played 80 minutes successful 2 matches and, fixed what we saw, it seemed to america that Hastoy tin bring a spot of freshness," Galthie said.

"There's besides the prime of his training. He showed america that helium has the imaginable to get into this broadside and bring his qualities arsenic a playmaker, a shot player, some successful beforehand of and down the defence."

Hastoy volition enactment up alongside halfback Baptiste Couilloud, who plays his 3rd consecutive lucifer on with No.8 Anthony Jelonch — the skipper — centre Arthur Vincent, winger Damian Penaud, and goalkicking fullback Melvyn Jaminet.

"Baptiste is successful form, he's not worn out," Galthie said up of the Test successful Brisbane.

"He's among the champion scrumhalves successful France and it's a accidental for him to summation experience. Above all, helium feels good, and helium recovers quickly."

Galthie's different changes included Pierre-Louis Barassi astatine centre alternatively of Jonathan Danty, and Teddy Thomas connected the near helping for Gabin Villiere, who injured his ankle.

The props were changed with Enzo Forletta and Sipil Falatea replacing Wilfrid Hounkpatin and the injured Jean-Baptiste Gros.

Jaminet's nerveless kicking saw him onshore 7 penalties and a conversion connected Tuesday successful Melbourne for France's archetypal triumph implicit the Wallabies connected their location ungraded since 1990.

The Test connected Saturday backmost successful Brisbane volition beryllium their 3rd lucifer successful conscionable 11 days.

The French person been competitory contempt missing prima halves Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack, and slick fullback Brice Dulin.

There person been hard circumstances, too, with France spending 2 weeks successful COVID-19-forced quarantine successful Sydney.

But the immense endowment excavation of French rugby has fixed Galthie immoderate pleasant surprises specified arsenic Couilloud and Jaminet, who has yet to adjacent play successful France's Top 14 league.

FRANCE (15-1): Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud, Pierre-Louis Barassi, Arthur Vincent, Teddy Thomas, Antoine Hastoy, Baptiste Couilloud, Anthony Jelonch (c), Cameron Woki, Dylan Cretin, Romain Taofifenua, Cyril Cazeaux, Sipili Falatea, Gaetan Barlot, Enzo Forletta

Reserves: Anthony Etrillard, Quentin Walcker, Demba Bamba, Pierre-Henry Azagoh, Alexandre Becognee, Teddy Iribaren, Anthony Bouthier, Julien Heriteau

Wallabies manager Dave Rennie has made a whopping 8 changes to his starting XV for Saturday's 3rd and bid deciding Test against France astatine Suncorp Stadium successful Brisbane.

But changing much than fractional the XV is much extremist than astir observers were expecting arsenic the Wallabies pin their hopes connected caller legs successful a bid to clasp the Trophee des Bicentenaires.

Three players volition marque their archetypal Test starts: fastener Darcy Swain, halfback Tate McDermott and centre Len Ikitau.

Waratahs enforcer Lachlan Swinton, not sighted successful the archetypal 2 Tests, volition commencement astatine blindside flanker with Isi Naisarani astatine No.8 successful a reworked escaped guardant trio alongside tireless skipper Michael Hooper.

Speedster Filipo Daugunu has besides been brought successful from the acold to commencement connected the close helping portion Hunter Paisami moves from extracurricular centre to No.12 to accommodate Ikitau.

James O'Connor remains connected crystal with his groin wounded portion the rotation continues astatine tighthead prop with Allan Alaalatoa recalled and Taniela Tupou reverting to his finisher role.

Fellow starters Matt Philip, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon and Matt To'omua person besides been asked to bash a occupation from the seat connected Saturday portion hooker Jordan Uelese - not picked successful the archetypal squad - gets an accidental to marque an interaction successful spot of Lachlan Lonergan who has struggled with his lineout throwing.

Winger Tom Wright - who had a mediocre crippled successful Melbourne - and No.8 Harry Wilson miss retired connected the 23 altogether portion experienced inferior backmost Reece Hodge is connected the seat for the archetypal clip successful the series.

"We ever knew with the scheduling of the bid against a pugnacious French side, that it would necessitate a afloat squad effort and we're going to spot that connected Saturday night," Rennie said.

"We were disappointed with the effect successful Melbourne and we'll beryllium retired to rectify that with much accuracy and composure successful cardinal moments astatine Suncorp Stadium.

"As always, we've picked a squad that has earned the close to deterioration the golden jersey and we're assured they'll get the occupation done successful Brisbane."

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Filipo Daugunu, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Tate McDermott, Isi Naisarani, Michael Hooper (c), Lachlan Swinton, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper

Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Matt Philip, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Matt To'omua, Reece Hodge

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