The Wallabies have moved up to fifth in the world rugby rankings but the side can achieve something it hasn’t seen since 2014 against France.
Last-gasp penalty steals Wallabies a win
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 07: Matt Philip of the Wallabies (center) reacts to a non try during the international Test match between the Australia Wallabies and France at Suncorp Stadium on July 07, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)
The Wallabies are on the verge of its first series win since 2014 against France ahead of the second Test against France in Melbourne.
The Wallabies have not won a three-match international series since 2014, having slid down the rankings.
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But after a lucky, last-gasp 23-21 win in the first Test last week, the Wallabies are potentially 80 minutes away from the rare victory.
The last series win came again France in 2014, and lost 3-0 to England in 2016 and 2-1 to Ireland in 2018 while not even going close to regaining the Bledisloe Cup.
The Les Bleus haven’t won a Test in Australia at all in 31-years.
In other good news for the Aussies, the Wallabies are fifth in the world rankings, jumping two spots to move in front of Wales and France.
The second Test kicks off at 8pm AEST.
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 (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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