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IRB honours don't surprise Elsom

David Beniuk 27/11/2010 03:55:22 AM Comments (0)

Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom says it's no surprise young stars Kurtley Beale and David Pocock have been nominated for world rugby's most prestigious individual award.

Fullback Beale, 21, and flanker Pocock, 22, have found themselves among the game's international elite after being shortlisted for the International Rugby Board's player of the year prize.

Pocock already won Australia's top award, the John Eales Medal, this year while Beale's meteoric rise has come after he made his Test debut just 12 months ago.

"(They've been nominated) with good reason. They've had great seasons, both of them," Elsom said on the eve of the Wallabies' spring tour-ending Test against France.

"You look at David, he's been outstanding in almost every game we've played so you couldn't have really asked him to do much more.

"Kurtley has blown everyone away with the amount of maturity he's shown on the field.

"Not just in the big moments like (kicking the winning goal in) Bloemfontein but just in the way he controls his role and the back three, he's been a revelation this season.

"So it's not that surprising and it's a great honour for both of them."

The Australians had their final training run at the Stade de France on Friday before snow began falling in Paris later in the day.

A cold night is forecast for Saturday's late-starting Test, which kicks off at 8.45pm local time (0645 Sunday AEDT).

"Just because we're not used to it doesn't mean it needs to be a big disadvantage," Elsom said.

"You build up a bit of heat out there running around so hopefully that counters it."

A sell-out 80,000-strong crowd is expected to brave the conditions to cheer on the world No.5 Les Bleus, who are favourites to topple the second-ranked Australians.

France are looking to end a four-Test losing streak to the Wallabies, and deliver coach Marc Lievremont his first win at the helm against Australia.

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