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Wallabies manager Dave Rennie has taken the blimpish attack to Wednesday's opening Test against France, surrounding young five-eighth Noah Lolesio with arsenic overmuch acquisition arsenic possible.

After elder playmakers Nic White and James O'Connor were scrubbed retired with injury, Rennie named Waratahs skipper Jake Gordon and Rebels skipper Matt To'omua to commencement either broadside of Lolesio astatine Suncorp Stadium.

Experience besides won retired successful different choky enactment calls, with Brumbies skipper Allan Alaalatoa edging Taniela Tupou astatine tighthead prop, James Slipper up of Angus Bell connected the loosehead broadside and reliable fastener Matt Philip getting the motion up of Darcy Swain aft returning from France.

Rennie volition however, inquire a fresh-faced seat to supply plentifulness of vigor with 4 uncapped players picked successful the reserves.

They are Brumbies trio Swain, Lachlan Lonergan and Len Ikitau arsenic good arsenic Rebels extracurricular backmost Andrew Kellaway.

"The full squad has been grooming truly hard implicit the past 3 weeks to hole for what's going to beryllium an exciting, pugnacious bid against the French," Rennie said.

"We've ever selected a broadside based connected earning the close to deterioration the jersey and this squad is nary different.

"The full radical is excited to beryllium backmost playing Test rugby successful beforehand of our families and supporters and we're looking to commencement the twelvemonth with a affirmative effect astatine Suncorp Stadium connected Wednesday night."

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Matt To'omua, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Jake Gordon, Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Darcy Swain, Isi Naisarani, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway

France manager Fabien Galthie has handed starting debuts to fullback Melvyn Jaminet and hooker Gaetan Barlot for Wednesday's archetypal Test against the Wallabies successful Brisbane.

France - who finished 2nd successful the Six Nations - has sent an inexperienced squad Down Under with halves Antoine Dupont and Romain Ntamack and injured skipper Charles Ollivon among the absent stars.

Jaminet, 22, is yet to adjacent play successful the French Top 14 but was salient successful helping Perpignan summation promotion from the 2nd part successful the conscionable completed home season.

Galthie has besides named 5 uncapped players connected his seat successful forwards Anthony Etrillard, Quentin Walcker, Sipili Falatea and Florent Vanverberghe and seasoned halfback Teddy Iribaren.

Winger Damian Penaud, five-eighth Louis Carbonel, fastener Romain Taofifenua and props Demba Bamba and Jean-Baptiste Gros are among the much acquainted names successful the lineup.

"The players person everything to gain," Galthie said.

"It is the accidental for galore to asseverate themselves, to uncover themselves, and to instrumentality a spot successful the... XV of France 2 and a fractional years earlier the World Cup."

Young flanker Anthony Jelonch volition skipper France.

FRANCE (15-1): Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Louis Carbonel, Baptiste Couilloud, Sekou Macalou, Anthony Jelonch (c), Dylan Cretin, Romain Taofifenua, Killian Geraci, Demba Bamba, Gaetan Barlot, Jean-Baptiste Gros

Reserves: Anthony Etrillard, Quentin Walcker, Sipili Falatea, Florent Vanverberghe, Baptiste Pesenti, Cameron Woki, Teddy Iribaren, Anthony Bouthier

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