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Tuesday, November 2, 1999 Published at 14:04 GMT


Aussies opt for continuity

Australia have kept faith with the team that defeated South Africa

Australia have named an unchanged team for Saturday's World Cup final against France in Cardiff.


French Assistant coach Pierre Villepreux: "Australia have a good linke between forwards and backs"
There is one switch on the replacements' bench, with experienced Queensland prop Dan Crowley taking over from Rod Moore.

Fly-half Stephen Larkham, who picked up a knee injury during the South Africa game, has also been declared fit.


[ image: France are nursing a number of injury worries - though none are thought to be serious]
France are nursing a number of injury worries - though none are thought to be serious
Centre Tim Horan and skipper John Eales will be playing in their second World Cup final, having helped Australia take the title with victory over England at Twickenham eight years ago.

France, who are set to name their starting line-up on Thursday morning, are currently nursing a number of injury worries.

Fullback Xavier Garbajosa has a sore right ankle, number eight Christophe Juillet is suffering from a sprained left knee and flanker Marc Lievremont has damaged a muscle on his right thigh.

French team doctor Thierry Hermerel said: "The players will undergo further checks later on Teusday but they are responding well to treatment and we are not too concerned."

Australia team:

Matthew Burke; Ben Tune, Daniel Herbert, Tim Horan, Joe Roff; Steve Larkham, George Gregan; Toutai Kefu, David Wilson, Matt Cockbain, John Eales (capt), David Giffin; Andrew Blades, Michael Foley, Richard Harry

Replacements: Jason Little, Nathan Grey, Chris Whitaker, Mark Connors, Owen Finegan, Dan Crowley, Jeremy Paul



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