Australia vs. France: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Rugby Preview

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2014

Australian left wing Nick Cummins, left, is tackled by French fullback Hugo Bonneval during their Rugby test match in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, June 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
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France head to Melbourne on Saturday looking to avenge last week's comprehensive dismantling that saw them beaten 50-23 at the hands of Australia in the first Test.

The second Test match takes place at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium with the Wallabies looking to win the series.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre was forced to field a second-string team in the first game because of the scheduling of the French Top 14 final, but he now has his full squad at his disposal. 

Here is how you can watch all of the exciting action:

When: Saturday, 14 June, at 11 a.m. BST (6 a.m. ET)

Where: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

TV: Sky Sports 1/Sky Sports 1 HD (U.K. only) 

Live Stream: Sky Go (U.K. only) 


Can France Gain Revenge?

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07:  French team members sing their national anthem during the First International Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and France at Suncorp Stadium on June 7, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Ima
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There are two ways to look upon France's capitulation at the hands of Australia last Saturday:

For any major nation, conceding 50 points to an international rival is a bitter pill to swallow, but France were hugely crippled by a lack of players and they still managed to put points on the board against a rampant Aussie team. 

With a stronger and more skillful squad to choose from in the second Test, this game could be much closer.

France showed less than two years ago they could dismantle an Australian opponent during their crushing 33-6 victory in Paris, per BBC Sport, and they will want to prove that was no fluke.

That victory was France's first over Australia in seven years.

But on Saturday the Wallabies ran in seven tries against their European opponents, and they will be hoping to win the series in double-quick time.

France captain Thierry Dusautoir returns for his country in what will be almost an all-changed line-up for Saint-Andre's team.

Scrum-half Morgan Parra says his team-mates are planning to exact some revenge on their Australian counterparts after admitting that France underestimated the Wallabies.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07:  Scott Fardy of the Wallabies tackles Gael Fickou of France during the First International Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and France at Suncorp Stadium on June 7, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nol
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Parra said, per ESPN:

They surprised us in terms of the intensity of the game and the pace of the game, the speed of the passing. It's two things. I don't think mentally we were expecting that kind of intensity from the first Test so now we are aware of it. The second thing is when you get 50 points against you ... you just want to get a bit of revenge from the score the previous weekend.

With a more complete side, the French can definitely cause Australia problems, as they proved in the final 20 minutes of that opening Test.

Ball-in-hand, the French are as good as any team they encounter, but their resilience has let them down in big matches over the years.


Half-Century For James Horwill

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 03:  James Horwill smiles during an Australian Wallabies training session at Sanctuary Cove on June 3, 2014 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
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Former Australian captain James Horwill makes his 50th appearance in a Wallabies shirt on Saturday.

The veteran was named in coach Ewen McKenzie's squad for the second Test after Australia lost hooker Stephen Moore (knee), lock Sam Carter (ankle) and back-rower Wycliff Palu (ankle) to injury, per ESPN.

McKenzie spoke about the loss of three of his key players but says he has confidence in their replacements, providing a special word for Horwill:

It's disappointing to lose three key forwards through injury, but in Tatafu [Polota-Nau], James and Ben [McCalman], we're bringing in a collective 126 games of international Test experience. They understand what Test rugby is all about and will be determined to make the most of the opportunities they're being given.

A special mention must be made of James, who plays his milestone 50th game for Australia this week. I've seen the many contributions he's made to rugby in this country over a long period and I couldn't be more pleased to be part of his milestone game on Saturday night.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07: Wallabies Paddy Ryan, Pat McCabe and James Horwill sing the national anthem before the First International Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and France at Suncorp Stadium on June 7, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (P
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Despite the changes, Australia should once again be too strong for the French, but we shouldn't see a repeat of the last Test's one-way traffic.

This will be a close affair and the France team will be desperate to keep this series alive for a decider in the third and final Test.

France showed in the Six Nations that, despite some of their frailties, they can take teams to the final whistle and make games very close encounters. If they can restrict early scores against and stay in touch, a surprise victory could happen to stun the watching Wallabies supporters.