Flatley to lead Australia A against French Barbarians

15th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Nov 15 (AFP) - Elton Flatley will captain the Australia A team to take on the French Barbarians at the Jean Bouin Stadium here on Tuesday.

PARIS, Nov 15 (AFP) - Elton Flatley will captain the Australia A team to take on the French Barbarians at the Jean Bouin Stadium here on Tuesday.

Flatley was on the bench at the Stade de France on Saturday when the Test side went down 27-14 to France and he along with the six other replacements will be in the starting line-up for Wednesday's game.

Coach Eddie Jones said he would use the match as an opportunity to rest some players ahead of the second Test match against Scotland on Saturday while taking a look at some fringe players.

"We've had a group of Australia A players over here for the last week who are looking forward to combining with some of the guys from the Wallaby squad for tomorrow's match," said Jones.

"It's a really good opportunity for a number of players, some of whom could be looking to push for a starting spot and others who will benefit from the exposure to rugby at this level," he added.

The Barbarians game will also give World Cup stars Mat Rogers and Wendell Sailor the chance to convince Jones to recall them for the Scotland game after being left out against France.

Rogers will be at full-back while Sailor on the wing will go up against Fiji flyer Rupeni Caucaunibuca who plays club rugby here for Agen.

"Wendell is looking forward to it," said Jones. "He has probably been one of our best trainers on tour and I thought he did pretty well when he came on against France. He now has the opportunity to push for a starting spot."

Australia A: Mat Rogers; Wendell Sailor, Drew Mitchell, Morgan Turinui, Cameron Shepherd; Elton Flatley (capt), Matt Henjak; David Lyons, Stephen Hoiles, Radike Samo; Alister Campbell, Mark Chisholm; Nic Henderson, Brendan Cannon, Matt Dunning Replacements: Anthony Mathison, Stephen Moore, Daniel Vickerman, George Smith, Josh Valentine, Shaun Berne, Clyde Rathbone.

© AFP

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