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Carter to make Test debut

Lock Sam Carter will make his Test debut for Australia when they face France in Brisbane on Saturday.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has named the 24-year-old in his starting line-up after Carter impressed for the Brumbies in Super Rugby this season.

McKenzie has dropped veteran scrum-half Will Genia from the squad altogether and given the number nine jersey to Nic White, while Bernard Foley will deputise for the injured Quade Cooper at fly-half.

After Saturday's showdown, Australia and France play each other in the second Test in Melbourne on June 14, before concluding the series on June 21 in Sydney.

Australia team: James Slipper; Stephen Moore (C); Sekope Kepu; Rob Simmons; Sam Carter; Scott Fardy; Michael Hooper; Wycliff Palu; Nic White; Bernard Foley; Nick Cummins; Matt Toomua; Tevita Kuridrani; Adam Ashley-Cooper; Israel Folau.

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau; Pek Cowan; Paddy Ryan; James Horwill; Ben McCalman; Nick Phipps; Kurtley Beale; Pat McCabe.


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