Wallabies make eight changes for deciding Test

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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.

Rennie had forecast rotation with his selections fixed the unusually choky 4 time turnaround from Tuesday's heartbreaking 28-26 nonaccomplishment astatine AAMI Park successful Melbourne.

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.

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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.

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Prop and halfback swap jobs

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.

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"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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