Waratahs giant Will Skelton to debut against French

THE Wallabies have opted to hand giant 135kg lock Will Skelton (pictured) his international debut for the third Test against France at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

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Skelton's inclusion represents one of the two changes made to the starting XV. His Waratahs teammate Wycliff Palu returns at No.8 after missing the second Test in Melbourne with a minor ankle injury.

There have been two further changes on the bench. Brumbies prop Scott Sio and Waratahs outside back Rob Horne will get their first opportunities in the match-day squad this year. Horne comes in for Pat McCabe, who has suffered a nerve compression injury to his shoulder.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie said he was looking forward to seeing what Skelton could do.

"He's obviously got impressive metrics but he also has a big motor and is particularly skilful," he said.


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