Cheika puts faith in former skipper
PARIS: Former captain James Horwill has returned to the Wallabies’ starting line-up in the only change in the team to play France in Paris this weekend.
Horwill, a reserve last week, replaced lock Sam Carter in the team which beat Wales 33-28 at Cardiff ’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
The French Test at the Stade de France will be the third of the Wallabies’ five-match European tour this month.
Tighthead Sekope Kepu will play his 50th Test for Australia and become just the sixth prop in Australian rugby history to reach the milestone.
Kepu (28) is in his seventh year of Test rugby after making his debut against Italy in 2008.
“Sekope has been a great player for Australian rugby over a long period of time and I congratulate him on this very special milestone,” coach Michael Cheika said.
“He has proudly represented the Wallabies for seven years and the experience he now brings to this team is invaluable.
“He still has plenty of improvement in his game and I’m confident his best years of rugby are ahead of him.”
Cheika has yet to confirm the Wallabies reserves bench and it will be announced in the lead-up to the match.
Cheika said he was expecting a vastly different French team to the one Australia swept 3-0 during the June Test series at home.
“The French have a completely different mindset when they are playing at home, as well as some exciting new players in their squad, and we are under no illusions as to the intensity they are going to bring to the game,” Cheika said.
“For us, it is still early days and we are getting used to a new system in attack and defence.” – Sapa-AFP