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Friday, May 23, 2014

BRISBANE - Unheralded Brumby Sam Carter is the big bolter as one of five second-rowers selected in the Wallabies' 32-man squad for next month's three-Test series against France.

Carter, 24, has been called up beside fellow uncapped locks Will Skelton and Luke Jones following the loss of Ireland-bound Kane Douglas, France-based Sitaleki Timani and rising Melbourne Rebel Hugh Pyle to overseas clubs.

The rookie trio will push incumbents James Horwill and Rob Simmons as coach Ewen McKenzie develops his diminished stocks of tall timber before next year's World Cup.

McKenzie has also overlooked France-bound 2013 captain Ben Mowen.

"I made a decision that we have to look forward. "We've made an investment in guys that are going to be around."

He has also given World Cup hope to Western Force duo Pek Cowan and Matt Hodgson given chances to reignite their Test careers after last playing in 2011.

Workhorse flanker Hodgson has been a stand-out for the Force, so as loose-head prop Cowan is a surprise tipping out 66-Test stalwart Benn Robinson and Chief-turned-Rebel Toby Smith.

The Force's impressive results has seen their representation rise from two to five with uncapped hooker Nathan Charles joining Ben McCalman and Nick Cummins in the extended squad.

The dumping of Waratahs veteran Robinson puts a dark cloud over the loose-head's Test future.

The Waratahs (11) and Brumbies (10) dominate a squad largely picked on form, but Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg is another to be overlooked with former centres Pat McCabe and Rob Horne now viewed as back-three options.

Queensland players have paid the price for their Super Rugby slump with only four included and the likes of Saia Fainga'a, Liam Gill and Mike Harris.

Even with Reds playmaker Quade Cooper sidelined, Brumbies five-eighth Matt Toomua has been named as a centre with Kurtley Beale and Bernard Foley to duel for the No.10 spot.

McKenzie has also named Rebels winger Tom English, second-rower Cadeyrn Neville, NSW tight-head Paddy Ryan and Brumbies flyer Henry Speight to train with the squad.

Wallabies squad: Backs - Israel Folau, Nick Cummins, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Pat McCabe, Rob Horne, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali'ifano, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Nic White, Nick Phipps.

Forwards - Wycliff Palu, Ben McCalman, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper, Matt Hodgson, Scott Fardy, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Luke Jones, Sam Carter, Ben Alexander, Sekope Kepu, James Slipper, Scott Sio, Pek Cowan, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nathan Charles.








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