Five changes for France ahead of second Test

France coach Fabien Galthie has made five charges to his starting team as they seek to level the series against the Wallabies in the second rugby Test in Melbourne.

Three of them, Wilfrid Hounkpatin, Pierre-Henri Azagoh and Ibrahim Diallo, will make their international debuts at AAMI Park on Tuesday night.

A late blunder when they failed to find touch after a lineout cost France a 23-21 defeat in the first Test in Brisbane last week.

Prop Demba Bamba has lost his place in the starting lineup to Castres’ Hounkpatin.

The second row is completely changed, with Killian Geraci, Romain Taofifenua sitting on the bench for Cyril Cazeaux and Stade Francais youngster Azagoh.

Flanker Cameron Woki replaces Dylan Cretin, who was ruled out with an ankle injury.

After a solid display in the Brisbane Test, winger Gabin Villiere, centres Jonathan Danty and Arthur Vincent retained their spots, as did captain and number eight Anthony Jelonch.

France are chasing their first Test win on Australian soil since 1990.

France: Melvyn Jaminet, Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Louis Carbonel, Baptiste Couilloud, Anthony Jelonch (capt), Cameron Woki, Ibrahim Diallo, Cyril Cazeaux, Pierre-Henri Azagoh, Wilfrid Hounkpatin, Gaetan Barlot, Jean-Baptiste Gros. Res: Anthony Etrillard, Enzo Forletta, Demba Bamba, Killian Geraci, Romain Taofifenua, Sekou Macalou, Teddy Iribaren, Anthony Bouthier. 

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