26 Nov 2010

Giteau still missing from Wallabies lineup

2:03 pm on 26 November 2010

The Wallabies have recalled halfback Will Genia and winger James O'Connor for this weekend's rugby Test against France in Paris.

The pair replace Luke Burgess and Lachie Turner who drop to the replacements' bench for the last match of the Wallabies tour.

Genia has fully recovered from rib cartilage damage sustained during Australia's defeat by England two weeks ago and O'Connor is back with the squad after returning home on compassionate grounds.

Berrick Barnes, who kicked six penalties and two conversions in last weekend's game against Italy, will again partner Adam Ashley-Cooper at centre.

He has been preferred to Matt Giteau for the second match in a row following Giteau's disappointing display against England.

The Wallabies have beaten New Zealand, Wales and Italy and lost to England on their November tour.

Australia - 15-Kurtley Beale, 14-James O'Connor, 13-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12-Berrick Barnes, 11-Drew Mitchell, 10-Quade Cooper, 9-Will Genia, 8-Ben McCalman, 7-David Pocock, 6-Rocky Elsom (captain), 5-Nathan Sharpe, 4-Rob Simmons, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Stephen Moore, 1-James Slipper.

Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17-Benn Robinson, 18-Mark Chisholm, 19-Scott Higginbotham, 20-Luke Burgess, 21-Matt Giteau, 22-Lachie Turner.