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Australia have made two changes in their side for the third Test, while Andy Goodway has name an unchanged Great Britain line-up.

The Australian coach, John Lang, has being able to bring in his most experienced forward, Bradley Clyde, for the first time in the series. Clyde has recovered from a calf injury and takes the place of Matt Adamson in the second row, the Penrith forward dropping to substitute.

Ryan Girdler is back after missing the second Test through injury and a reshuffle to accommodate him as centre and goal-kicker sees Brett Mullins move to the wing and Ken Nagas to the bench.

However, there are still lingering fitness doubts about Girdler and Mullins, who came off the field at Old Trafford with a burst blood vessel in his leg.

Goodway has decided against starting the match with the Wigan second row Simon Haughton at Elland Road on Sunday, reasoning that he can make a greater impact from the bench.

The Great Britain coach has decided against including another Wigan forward, Mick Cassidy, among the substitutes, where he could cover for the hooker, James Lowes, who has had a bout of flu.

The Australians say they have now been given fair warning about the capabilities of Goodway's line-up.

"We probably underestimated them a bit in the second Test," said their captain, Laurie Daley. "They came out a lot hungrier than we were prepared for. They knuckled down and ground out the victory while we were looking for the knock-out punch all the time and it didn't happen for us."

Lang said that he is not labouring the issue of the long gap since Great Britain last beat Australia in the Test series.

"I don't think we could have any more desire to win," he said.

It will be a full house at Elland Road. The ground's near-40,000 capacity was sold out yesterday, bringing the total for the three-Test series up to around 120,000 - a figure that both countries would have settled for in advance.

A 19-year-old player has died in a car crash hours before he was due to sign for the newly promoted Super League club, Huddersfield.

The Huddersfield chief executive, Les Coulter, said that John Coletta was "a very promising player with a very bright future."

The club have signed the scrum-half Chris Orr from the Gold Coast club in Australia and released their Cook Islands scrum-half Ali Davys.

GREAT BRITAIN (v Australia, third Test, Elland Road, Sunday): Atcheson; Robinson, Radlinksi, Newlove, Hunte; Farrell (capt), Goulding; McDermott, Lowes, Broadbent, Joynt, Morley, Sculthorpe. Substitutes: Long, Haughton, McNamara, Forshaw.

AUSTRALIA: Lockyer; Mullins, Girdler, Ettingshausen, Sailor; Daley (capt), Gower; Stevens, Walters, Thorn, Tallis, Clyde, Smith. Substitutes: Adamson, Kearns, Kimmorley, Nagas.

Referee: P Houston (New Zealand).

- Dave Hadfield

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