Waratahs five-eighth Bernard Foley will wear the coveted Wallabies No 10 jersey and decorated Test halfback Will Genia has been dumped from the squad to play France for the first Test in Brisbane this weekend.
Nic White has snatched the No 9 jersey from Genia, with NSW halfback Nick Phipps named on the bench.
In another big - but not entirely unexpected - selection call, uncapped Brumbies second rower Sam Carter has trumped James Horwill for a starting spot next to Queensland second-rower Rob Simmons.
Horwill will start from the bench in an effort to regain the abrasive form that made him a must-have starting inclusion in Wallabies sides just 12 months ago.
Foley, meanwhile, will start in the No 10 jersey for the first time and less than a year after scoring a try on debut against Argentina in Rosario.
He beat NSW teammate and playmaking partner Kurtley Beale to the starting spot, with Beale named on the bench alongside Phipps and resurgent Brumbies back Pat McCabe.
Tevita Kuridrani has retained his starting spot at outside centre, with in-form NSW No 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper reprising the wing spot he finished with, alongside Nick Cummins, on last year's tour of Europe. Israel Folau returns at fullback while Matt Toomua will partner Kuridrani in the centres.
NSW hard man Wycliff Palu has capped a return to peak fitness and form in Super Rugby this year with inclusion at No 8, alongside vice captain Michael Hooper and Brumbies blindside Scott Fardy.
New Wallabies captain Stephen Moore starts at hooker with James Slipper at loosehead and Sekope Kepu at tighthead.
The Wallabies last played France in 2012, losing 33-6 in Paris.
Wallabies: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins, Bernard Foley, Nic White; Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (c), James Slipper. Res: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Pek Cowan, Paddy Ryan, James Horwill, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Kurtley Beale, Pat McCabe.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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