Lyons, Cannon win call-ups
June 26, 2002

An inexperienced Wallaby forward pack will take on France in Saturday's Second Test at Stadium Australia with hooker Brendan Cannon and backrower David Lyons making their run-on debuts.

Cannon replaces Jeremy Paul, who sustained a rib injury in last Saturday's 29-17 First Test win, while Lyons replaces No.8 Toutai Kefu, who had surgery on Tuesday for a broken hand.

Lock Daniel Vickerman and hooker Sean Hardman come onto the bench and will also be in line to win their first caps if they run on.

"It's disappointing to lose players like Jeremy and Toutai but this is a great opportunity for Brendan to show that he deserves a starting position and the same goes for David Lyons who was one of the stand-outs of this year's Super 12 competition," Wallaby coach Eddie Jones said.

"Daniel and Sean are uncapped so if they both play on Saturday then the Wallabies would have used five debutants in two matches.

"The starting side has very few caps amongst the forwards too, out of a total of 116 Tests between them one player has more than a third and that's Owen Finegan with 45 caps."

Australia: Chris Latham, Wendell Sailor, Matt Burke, Daniel Herbert, Stirling Mortlock, Stephen Larkham, George Gregan (capt), David Lyons, George Smith, Owen Finegan, Justin Harrison, Nathan Sharpe, Patricio Noriega, Brendan Cannon, Bill Young. Reserves: Sean Hardman, Rod Moore, Daniel Vickerman, Matt Cockbain, Chris Whitaker, Elton Flatley, Mat Rogers.

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