France will be looking to claim a consolation victory over Australia at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday after the three-match Test series was put beyond them last weekend.
The Wallabies destroyed Les Bleus 50-23 in the first Test and then claimed the series in a dire Melbourne outing which Australia won 6-0.
The third and final Test of the series will hopefully be a vast improvement on that encounter and both teams will likely look to experiment in the dead rubber.
Read on for full television, live streaming and scheduling details as well as a preview of the matchup.
Date: Saturday, 21 June
Time: 6 a.m. BST, 1 a.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK only)
Live Stream: Sky Go (UK only)
No Repeat of Last Weekend
For the sake of the viewers, hopefully the Sydney encounter will not bear any similarities to the last time these two sides met, when rugby was most certainly not the winner.
No tries were scored in what was roundly panned as a dire encounter for all involved, despite the fact that it decided the Test series.
As Rugbydump.com pointed out, France were much improved from the opening game—when they were weakened because of the scheduling of the French Top 14 final—but it did not make for a fascinating encounter:
However, both teams should really be going for the win on Saturday as there is little riding on the game other than pride and a couple of records for the Aussies.
It is an opportunity for the Wallabies to claim a first complete sweep of the French in a three-Test series—though they have only competed one such series before—and also win a seventh consecutive Test for the first time since 2000.
Second-row Rob Simmons is eager for his side to claim the record, sighting the momentum it could build, per Yahoo Sport:
The last Wallabies team to do that won a World Cup. So if we can get seven in a row, it puts us in good stead going forward. It's a good way to finish the series because we've got a little break from the squad and, if we do get a win, it'll be good to come back on a positive note before playing the All Blacks.
Australia make two changes to the side they put out in the second Test. The 22-year-old Will Skelton is set to make his Test debut, a welcome move, according to Fox Sports Australia's Ben Kimber:
No. 8 Wycliff Palu returns from a minor ankle injury to take his place in the starting lineup for Saturday's game.
France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has also made a pair of changes to his starting team from the 6-0 match and brings in Fulgence Ouedraogo at flanker—Yannick Nyanga moves to the bench—while young winger Hugo Bonneval replaces Maxime Medard.
The French need a win on this occasion having not beaten Australia Down Under for 24 years but based on the opening two games they may not have enough to turn over the Wallabies.
Heading into next year's World Cup in England, both of these sides will be looking to compete and go deep into the competition. While Australia would take momentum from a win in Sydney, the mercurial French side could summon something.
It can only get better after last week and hopefully it should be a thrilling match to finish off the series.
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