Gregan and Giteau pair up for French Test
November 3, 2005

Wallaby captain and scrumhalf George Gregan will play his record breaking 115th Test cap, and link up with Matt Giteau at flyhalf, when Australia open their 2005 Tour against France in Marseille on Saturday night.

Gregan will lead Australia with the support of vice captains Nathan Sharpe, Phil Waugh and Morgan Turinui, while Giteau returns to the staring lineup after missing the last match of the Tri Nations with a lower back injury.

His return to the Number 10 jersey, which he's worn four times already this season, sees Mat Rogers move onto one wing, while Wendell Sailor returns to the other wing after a knee injury saw him miss the last three matches of the Tri Nations.

Lote Tuqiri keeps his place at outside centre, linking up with Turinui in the Number 12 jersey, while Chris Latham will start at fullback with Drew Mitchell, Lloyd Johansson and Chris Whitaker in the reserves.

In the front row, Matt Dunning has been given the opportunity to start at loosehead prop for the first time this season, alongside Brendan Cannon and Al Baxter, while hooker Stephen Moore returns to the reserves and 22-year-old prop Greg Holmes will be looking to make his Test debut.

Sharpe and Mark Chisholm will start in the secondrow, with reserve lock Hugh McMeniman returning to the Test lineup, while the backrow of Rocky Elsom, Waugh and George Smith at Number 8 is unchanged from the last Test.

Wallaby Coach Eddie Jones says the preparation has been good ahead of what will be a physical challenge against the French.

"The attitude and enthusiasm at training in the lead up to the tour, and especially this week has been pleasing," said Jones.

"There has been a really strong focus on preparing to play well against France on Saturday, and with a number of players coming back into the starting lineup everyone is keen to continue on from where the Australia A team left off on Tuesday by setting a good tone for the tour."

"The French are going to be physical, play with the ball off the ground and we've prepared for that. They are strong at the set piece and we've already seen that they like to maul the ball as much as possible. We've got to be physical, out muscle them and then use our skill."

Wallabies team:

1. Matt Dunning
2. Brendan Cannon
3. Al Baxter
4. Mark Chisholm
5. Nathan Sharpe (vc)
6. Rocky Elsom
7. Phil Waugh (vc)
8. George Smith
9. George Gregan (c)
10. Matt Giteau
11. Mat Rogers
12. Morgan Turinui (vc)
13. Lote Tuqiri
14. Wendell Sailor
15. Chris Latham

16. Stephen Moore
17. Greg Holmes
18. Hugh McMeniman
19. John Roe
20. Chris Whitaker
21. Lloyd Johansson
22. Drew Mitchell

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