Australia V France: 5 Key Battles for Sydney Test

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Australia V France: 5 Key Battles for Sydney Test
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A curious test series comes to an end in Sydney this weekend. France barely showed up in Brisbane where they were drubbed 50-23.

A week later in Melbourne, a shocker of a contest saw Australia squeak home by two penalties to nil while Philippe Saint-Andre’s men at least showed they hadn’t forgotten how to defend all together.

So guessing what sort of game we will get on Saturday is a total shot in the dark.

France at least have history on their side. They have never been whitewashed 3-0 by Australia, as ESPNScrum.com point out.

France and Australia have only contested one three-Test series previously, when now-coach Ewen McKenzie's Wallabies prevailed 2-1 on home soil in 1990. On that occasion, France avoided a series whitewash by winning the final Test in Sydney 28-19.

Here are the key battles that will have to go their way to make sure they don’t break new, unwanted territory in 2014.

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