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France at least now have a full roster to pick from, with the Top 14 finalists available for selection.
This means Toulon tank Mathieu Bastareaud will wedge himself back into the outside centre position, where he will face one of the most promising midfielders in the game.
Tevita Kuridrani has impressed since making his Wallabies bow, with speed, handling and power. Bastareaud may not have the deftest of hands—he hardly ever uses them to pass, so we will never know—but he can barrel through most men.
Kuridrani can expect to be occupied by the Frenchman’s more direct style in Melbourne.
Former Australia captain Stirling Mortlock told Planet Rugby:
He's one of the most physically dominant gain-line yardage makers in world rugby...and with Wesley Fofana at inside-centre they will be a totally different midfield and a significantly tougher job to mark.
They (France) will be looking to feed off his (Bastareaud's) ascendency through the midfield.
It's a tough task for our midfield defensively but hopefully we don't give him too much time and space.