Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wallabies Eye Rare Tour Sweep after France Win

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Wallabies Eye Rare Tour Sweep after France Win

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RUGBY UNION: The new-age Wallabies are tantalisingly close to sweeping a four-Test spring tour of Europe for the first time in 12 years after escaping with a nailbiting 18-13 victory over France in Paris on Saturday night.

In a virtual carbon copy of their success over England the previous week, the Wallabies let a useful lead slip before recovering from a second-half deficit to bank another priceless away win over one of their northern-hemisphere nemeses.

The Wallabies can now head to Wales on Sunday knowing victory over the Six Nations champions would match the rare feat of the 1996 Australian tourists who strung together victories over Italy (40-18), Scotland (29-19), Ireland (22-12) and Wales (28-19) on consecutive Saturdays.

"If we can win this next one, that's obviously a clean sweep of northern hemisphere teams while we've been over here and we haven't done that for a long time. Obviously that's a big thing for us," man of the match Matt Giteau said. …

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