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Super-sized Will Skelton leads Wallabies to clean sweep of France

GEORGINA ROBINSON Gifts come in many guises and Wallabies second rower Will Skelton could be just what the Wallabies need leading into next year's World Cup.

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France recall Bonneval and Ouedraogo

Recalled: Fulgence Ouedraogo.

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre has recalled versatile back Hugo Bonneval and flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo to the starting side for the third and final test against Australia in Sydney, as Les Bleus bid to avoid a series sweep.

French say they have done their homework on Wallabies rookie Will Skelton

Power player: Will Skelton.

RUPERT GUINNESS There is no chance of Wallabies rookie Will Skelton slipping under the radar of the French in the third and final Test of the series in Sydney on Saturday afternoon because of his lack of international experience.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie a mysterious man, says Mathieu Bastareaud

French centre Mathieu Bastareaud takes some stopping.

RUPERT GUINNESS French back Mathieu Bastareaud believes Wallabies coach Ewen Mckenzie is a "mysterious" man who keeps things close to his chest.

Wallabies grind out low-scoring win over France

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau is rounded up by the French defence.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies shrugged off a controversial no-try ruling and a late raid by a re-energised France to claim a 6-0 win and series bragging rights in Melbourne on Saturday.

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Israel Folau is a union player through and through, says French centre Wesley Fofana

Folau fan: French centre Wesley Fofana.

RUPERT GUINNESS It didn't take French centre Wesley Fofana to play against Israel Folau in last week's first Test against Australia in Brisbane to be convinced about the Wallabies fullback's world class ability.

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Wallabies need to be wary of France scrum, says Bob Dwyer

Danger man: Guilhem Guirado.

RUPERT GUINNESS Former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer believes that France will be at their "most dangeorus" and Australia at their "most vulnerable" going into Saturday's second Test in Melbourne.

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France ring changes for second Test against Wallabies

Back in action: Thierry Dusautoir.

France coach Phillippe Saint-Andre claims he had little choice but to swing the selection axe following Les Bleus' first Test thrashing by the Wallabies.

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Wallabies maul bemused France in First Test

Too hot to handle: Israel Folau.

GEORGINA ROBINSON The Wallabies shrugged off the devastating loss of a new captain within a minute of kick-off to demolish a bamboozled France and notch their fifth win in a row for the first time since 2008.

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Wallabies must get early physical edge over France, warns Matt Giteau

General: Frederic Michalak.

RUPERT GUINNESS If the Wallabies allow France to gain an early physical upper hand in the first of three Tests, they will do so at their own peril, warns former Test playmaker Matt Giteau.

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Jonny Wilkinson signs off in style with Toulon win

Final outing: Jonny Wilkinson scored 15 points for Toulon.

Jonny Wilkinson ended his glittering career in style, almost predictably kicking European champions Toulon to the French Top 14 title with a 18-10 victory against Castres on Saturday.

Wallabies can target 3-0 sweep of spluttering France

Paul Cully dinkus

PAUL CULLY The French finished fourth in this year's Six Nations and do not look equipped to beat the Wallabies away from home.

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French coach Philippe Saint Andre no stranger to winning Down Under

Philippe Saint-Andre goes it alone in 1996.

RUPERT GUINNESS French coach Philippe Saint Andre recalls his playing days with amusement, but there will be nothing lighthearted when his French team plays the Wallabies in a three-Test series next month.

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Jonny Wilkinson ends his quest to be the perfect five-eighth

Wilkinson poses with his MBE in 2003. A knighthood beckons after his retirement.

Oliver Brown Jonny Wilkinson admits fears over step into the unknown as he confirms he will bring glittering career to a close at end of the season, writes Oliver Brown in Toulon.

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Toulouse condemned after player allowed to play on following severe head knock

Battered: Florian Fritz leaves the field during the quarter-final match between Toulouse and Racing Metro.

GEORGINA ROBINSON French rugby has attracted worldwide condemnation after a player for Top 14 team Toulouse was allowed to return to the field after suffering a severe head knock.

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Caveman Chabal, 'monument to marketing', bows out

Farewell: Sebastian Chabal gestures to the crowd as his playing career comes to an end.

Luke Phillips Self-styled caveman Sebastien Chabal retired from rugby on Sunday, the French forward bowing out with critics split over his rugby-playing abilities but no one in doubt over his role as a "monument to marketing".

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France set to bring inexperienced squad to Australia

France will travel to Australia eyeing a successful three-Test tour ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup, coach Phillippe Saint-Andre said on Tuesday.

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Sebastien Chabal to retire

Sebastien Chabal in action in the 2007 Six Nations.

Former France utility forward Sebastien Chabal, capped 62 times between 2000 and 2011, will end his 16-year playing career on Sunday.

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Jonny Wilkinson boots Toulon into Heineken Cup final

Superboot: Jonny Wilkinson kicked Toulon to victory.

Jonny Wilkinson kicked 21 points to lift Toulon to a 24-16 Heineken Cup semi-final win over Munster on Sunday, keeping alive their hopes of becoming the third side to successfully defend the title.

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Habana marks return with try in Toulon comeback win

Bryan Habana made an immediate impact on his return from injury for Toulon.

Pirate Irwin South African star Bryan Habana scored a try on his return to action after a three-month absence because of a hamstring injury as Toulon beat Bordeaux-Begles 22-20 in a thrilling Top 14 encounter on Saturday.

Fallen giants Biarritz relegated

Perpignan's fulback James Hook sinks the boot into Biarritz.

Luke Phillips Five-time champions and two-time European Cup runners-up Biarritz were relegated from French rugby's Top 14 on Saturday ending an 18-year stay in the elite division.

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Irish crown O'Driscoll's farewell in style

Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations trophy.

Pirate Irwin Ireland won the Six Nations title on Saturday with a thrilling 22-20 victory over France to give iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll the perfect end to his stellar international career.

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France bring back Fickou for Ireland clash

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre volunteered Thursday to be the scapegoat for France's much criticised performances as he brought back powerhouse Louis Picamoles for the Six Nations rugby decider against Ireland.

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France late show stuns Scotland

France's Yoann Huget.

France kept their Six Nations titles hopes alive with a last gasp 19-17 win away to Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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Saint-Andre tells his French 'cry-babies' to toughen up

Philippe Saint Andre.

Julian Guyer France coach Philippe Saint-Andre is looking for fewer "cry-babies" and more discipline from his side when they try to get their Six Nations campaign back on track away to Scotland on Saturday.

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Wales overwhelm France to restore Six Nations title hopes

Sam Warburton

Wales coach Warren Gatland was an unusually happy man on Friday after a try in each half earned a third successive win over France and put them back in the hunt to retain their Six Nations crown.

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France stay unbeaten in Six Nations as two sent off

France's Wesley Fofana jumps to score a try against Italy during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, February 9, 2014.            REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (FRANCE  - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Pirate Irwin Paris: A devastating burst of 21 points in the opening 15 minutes of the second-half saw France beat Italy 30-10 in their Six Nations clash at the Stade de France on Sunday and record back-to-back wins for the first time since November 2012.

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Last gasp France stun England in Paris

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Barnaby Chesterman A brilliant late Gael Fickou try helped France to a stunning 26-24 win over England in the Six Nations on Saturday.

Rugby

Mathieu Bastareaud says Jonny Wilkinson made him 'a bigger threat'

Mathieu Bastareaud

Mathieu Bastareaud tells Mick Cleary in an exclusive interview how England legend is helping him add skill to mountainous size.

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Francois Trinh-Duc back in France contention

Francois Trinh-Duc

He may not have played for France since the last Six Nations but Montpellier five-eighth Francois Trinh-Duc has been the happiest man in camp since joining the French squad.

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Rugby Championship 2014

Round 1
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Round 2
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Sun, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
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Round 3
Sat, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL vs ARG 17:35McLean Park
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Round 4
Sat, 13 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL vs RSA 17:35WS
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