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Sharks Wade Graham and James Maloney have been named in the Kangaroos starting team for the World Cup clash with France.

Graham, who made his Australian debut in the win over England last weekend, is set to make his second appearance of the tournament, while Maloney will play five eighth for the Kangaroos in the game that kicks off at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.

Valentine Holmes, solid for the Kangaroos against England, has been selected in jersey 18 in the 21-man squad, while new Sharks recruit Josh Dugan will partner the Storm's Will Chambers in the centres. 

Australian Coach Mal Meninga has named four debutants to face France, with winger Tom Trbojevic and front-rower Reagan Campbell-Gillard to take their places in the starting side, while Felise Kaufusi and Cameron Munster will play off the interchange bench.

“I have made it very clear that I wanted to give all players in the squad a chance to play in the green and gold through the course of the World Cup and we are very much working towards that,” Meninga said.

“That will give me and the coaching staff a good opportunity to see what all of those players can do and will help to shape our squad for the remainder of the tournament.”

The 21-man squad to face France is as follows:

1.            Billy Slater          
2.            Tom Trbojevic  
3.            Will Chambers 
4.            Josh Dugan        
5.            Josh Mansour
6.            Michael Morgan
7.            James Maloney
8.            Jordan McLean
9.            Cameron Smith (c)
10.          Reagan Campbell-Gillard
11.          Wade Graham
12.          Tyson Frizell
13.          Josh McGuire
14.          Cameron Munster
15.          Felise Kaufusi    
16.          Aaron Woods    
17           David Klemmer
18.          Valentine Holmes
19.          Matt Gillett
20.          Boyd Cordner
21           Dane Gagai

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