JACK DEMPSEY TO START AT NO 7
FOR WALLABIES XV -v- FRENCH BARBARIANS
Gordon Rugby and NSW Waratahs back rower Jack Dempsey has been named to start in the Wallaby XV team to face the French Barbarians.
The Wallaby XV take on the French Barbarians in Bordeaux on Friday morning, kicking off at 6:45am AEDT, with the game live streamed exclusively on rugby.com.au.
Lock Will Skelton will captain the side, his first experience in that leadership role in his career but one that he will cherish.
“It’s a baptism of fire being my first role as captain, I’m excited but I think I’ll bring my own unique taste to it and lead by example,” he said.
Skelton said he wouldn’t be trying to take over proceedings as captain, with a number of ex-Test players coming into the side.
“I think there’s a wealth of knowledge and experience in the team already so for me, it’s just trying to do my role and letting the boys know that I do believe in them,” he said.
Former Waratah Harry Clunies-Ross has been included as 24th man, coming in from Lyon for the match.
Coach Scott Wisemantel said every player would be out to impress in Bordeaux.
“It’s great opportunity for all the lads in the team to get out and impress against a very experienced French Barbarians side,” he said.
“We have a good mix of youth and experience in our team which will be important as the French have some renowned Internationals and aren’t taking this game lightly.
“A lot of guys have been training in the Wallabies system for the past month on tour and now we have had a great week gelling together in Bordeaux.”
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24th Man: Henry Clunies-Ross (Lyon)