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Kayser included on French bench

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Benjamin Kayser has been named in France’s matchday squad for the first time as they prepare to face Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Leicester Tigers hooker is selected among the replacements, providing cover for hooker Sebastien Bruno who is among three Sale Sharks players in a squad chosen without representatives from the four clubs involved in the Top 14 play-offs in France.

The France squad are in Australia for a two-Test series, with the second to follow on July 5.

France (vs Australia, away, Saturday): 15 Pepito Elhorga (Bayonne), 14 Alexis Palisson (Brive), 13 Damien Traille (Biarritz), 12 Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpelier), 11 Benjamin Thiery (Biarritz), 10 Benjamin Boyet (Bourgoin), 9 Dmitri Yachvili (Biarritz); 1 Lionel Faure (Sale Sharks), 2 Sebastien Bruno (Sale Sharks), 3 Benoit Lecouls (Biarritz), 4 Lionel Nallet (Castres, captain), 5 Sebastien Chabal (Sale Sharks), 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpelier), 7 Louis Picamoles (Montpelier), 8 Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz). Replacements: 16 Benjamin Kayser (Leicester Tigers), 17 Renaud Boyoud (Dax), 18 David Couzinet (Biarritz), 19 Matthieu Lièvremont (Dax), 20 Sebastien Tillous-Borde (Castres), 21 Thibault Lacroix (Albi), 22 David Janin (Bourgoin)