Harris keeps spot in Wallabies team

Last updated 21:50 08/11/2012
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ON SONG: Kiwi turned Aussie Mike Harris did the job against the All Blacks.

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Goalkicking ace Mike Harris held out a fit Berrick Barnes to keep his place at fullback for the Wallabies' European tour opener against France in Paris on Sunday.

Barnes, who hasn't played since puncturing his lung in the  September 30 loss to South Africa in Pretoria, has been included on  the bench as coach Robbie Deans named the same backline that ran  out against New Zealand in Brisbane last month.

Harris kicked six penalty goals that night in Australia's 18-18  draw with the All Blacks.

Deans made three changes to his forward pack with tighthead prop  Sekope Kepu, blindside flanker Dave Dennis and second-rower Kane  Douglas all getting starts in the Nathan Sharpe-led side.

Kepu comes in for James Slipper while Dennis replaces the  suspended Scott Higginbotham at No.6 and Douglas in for the injured  Sitaleki Timani (hamstring).Veteran Stephen Moore returns to action off the bench after  overcoming a hamstring injury while rookie prop Paddy Ryan is also  on the pine.

As expected, champion flanker David Pocock wasn't selected but  has trained strongly and is on track to face England at Twickenham  on Saturday week.

Flying winger Digby Ioane was given every chance to prove his  fitness this week as he continues his comeback from a knee injury  but he hasn't quite measured up.

Drew Mitchell is another Wallaby on the comeback trail who has  trained well in France this week and he's expected to feature in  the tour soon.

Wallabies team:Mike Harris, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Ben Tapuai, Pat McCabe, Nick  Cummins, Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper,  Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Nathan Sharpe (capt), Sekope Kepu,  Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Res: Stephen Moore, James  Slipper, Paddy Ryan, Rob Simmons, Radike Samo, Liam Gill, Brett  Sheehan, Berrick Barnes.         

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