France vs Australia LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates as Dupont and Ntamack shine in Autumn Nations Cup


<p>Australia's Lalakai Foketi celebrates as he scores the opening try</p>

Australia’s Lalakai Foketi celebrates as he scores the opening try

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World Cup hosts and favourites France look to continue their upward trajectory ahead of the global showpiece when they face Australia in their first autumn international at the Stade de France this evening.

Les Bleus claimed a first Six Nations grand slam for a decade by sweeping aside all-comers earlier this year before a low-key summer tour to Japan maintained the momentum that has made them favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy on home turf next year.

Coach Fabien Galthie has created a smooth blue machine, piloted by the best player in the world – the irrepressible Antoine Dupont – and these autumn Tests should give them another benchmark as they take on the best of the southern hemisphere.

But while everything is rosy in France’s garden, Australia have faced some struggles as they followed a summer series defeat at home to England with third place in the Rugby Championship behind both New Zealand and South Africa. Remarkably, Michael Chieka was coaching Lebanon in the Rugby League World Cup on Friday evening but has switched codes and will be leading the Wallabies at the Stade de France this evening.

Follow all the action as France host Australia in Paris with our blog:

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France 19-13 Australia

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French players celebrate after scoring their first try

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Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:50

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TRY! France 19-13 Australia (Marchand)

It was Marchand who rucked over, but talk about the quality of Dupont, who roughed up Kellaway as he gathered heading back to his own goalline.

A clever move and instinct to grab the opportunity just as others around him complained about Fickou being tripped.

France ruthless and go from a point behind to six clear at the break. A fascinating half comes to a close, the Wallabies have surprised the hosts at times, but they still trail.

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:46

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France 12-13 Australia

White spins one to Porecki and that’s immense force as he attracts the contact.

But that’s a turnover! A big shot by Jelonch.

WOW! Drama late, Fickou snatches the ball and looks to be away.

He trips, complaints from the French, but they gather the kick and the loose ball a metre or two out.

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:44

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France 12-13 Australia

Ramos with another, the lead has almost been erased by the Toulouse star’s boot.

90 seconds until the break…

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:41

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France 9-13 Australia

Ramos with another clutch kick, the Stade de France is alive. The lead down to four.

France gradually wrestling control of this one.

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:36

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France 6-13 Australia

France opt for the scrum at midfield, Dupont takes it out after a stalemate, he dashes free and sparks another move.

Just 10 minutes until the break, can France strike back?

A free play and there’s Penaud, he’s gliding through the yellow bodies in his way. The momentum cranked up, will the Wallabies buckle?

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:33

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France 6-13 Australia

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Australia’s Lalakai Foketi celebrates as he scores the opening try

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Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:29

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France 6-13 Australia

That’s a blow for the visitors, as Foketi comes off hobbling.

Paisami is on, but Foley meanwhile lines up another kick…

This one hooked wide of the near post, a poor miss, it lifts the home crowd. Still just 6-13.

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:27

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France 6-13 Australia

France tossing the ball around freely despite that early setback, passes in excess of 20m, according to live data.

Australia are still asking questions, some tidy exchanges with Kellaway impressing.

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:25

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TRY! France 6-13 Australia (Foketi)

This is quite incredible, the Wallabies break with breathtaking speed.

Wright was superb, making the last pass and Foketi just evades a last ditch tackle.

He’s over, the Stade de France falls silent. Foley boots the extras, what a game we have in store now.

Jack Rathborn5 November 2022 20:21



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