World Cup Holders and defending Champions Australia will open the second round of group matches when they take on France on Friday morning (GMT).
Kangaroo’s head coach Mal Meninga has made some changes to the side that beat England 18-4 last weekend, with no less than four players making their Kangaroo’s debut.
Tom Trbojevic will start on the wing with Reagan Campbell-Gillard with start in the front row, while Melbourne products Utility back Cameron Munster and 2nd rower Felise Kaufusi will come off the bench for their first taste of world cup rugby.
In other changes, Josh Mansour will cap his return to the national side after tearing his ACL in last year 4 nations, while Sydney Rooster half back James Maloney replaces his new Rooster team mate Cooper Cronk at scrum half. Jordan Mclean, Wade Campbell and Tyson Frizell are all promoted to run on side.
With three teams qualifying from group A, France most overcome the massive setback of last weekend’s lose to Lebanon and defeat either Australia or England in order to make the knock out stages, with the size of their task shown in the stats as their last win over the Kangaroo’s was on home soil in 1978, while they haven’t defeated Australia on home soil since 1960 and in their last meeting in Paris 8 years ago the kangaroo’s walked away winning 42-4.
Australia squad: 1. Billy Slater 2. Tom Trbojevic 3. Will Chambers 4. Josh Dugan 5. Josh Mansour 6. Michael Morgan 7. James Maloney 8. Jordan McLean 9. Cameron Smith (c) 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Wade Graham 12. Tyson Frizell 13. Josh McGuire 14. Cameron Munster 15. Felise Kaufusi 16. Aaron Woods 17. David Klemmer 18. Valentine Holmes 19. Matt Gillett 20. Boyd Cordner 21. Dane Gagai
France squad: 1 Mark Kheirallah 2 Fouad Yaha 3 Bastien Ader 4 Olivier Arnaud 5 Ilias Bergal 6 Remy Marginet 7 Theo Fages (c) 8 Maxime Herold 9 Eloi Pelissier 10 Julian Bousquet 11 Benjamin Garcia 12 Benjamin Jullien 13 Jason Baitieri 14 Thibault Margalet 15 Mickael Rouch 16 Romain Navarrete 17 John Boudebza 18 Lucas Albert 19 Antonio Maria 20 Nabil Djalout 21 Lambert Belmas