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Kurtley Beale looks set to step into Quade Cooper's No 10 jersey for the three-Test series against France after the first-choice fly-half suffered a nasty shoulder injury that will require a 16-week recovery period.

Beale was named in a 32-man Wallabies squad on Thursday in Australia, in which Matt Toomua - the other option for No 10 - was picked as a centre by Ewen McKenzie. 

There were a few surprises in the squad that includes just 13 backs and four debutants - Will Skelton, Luke Jones, Sam Carter and Nathan Charles. 

Flanker Matt Hodgson and prop Pek Cowan are back in the Wallabies fold having last pulled on a gold shirt in 2011 while Nick Cummins leads a five-man contingent from the Western Force (the most ever for the club). 

Waratah Bernard Foley will likely be Beale's back-up in the playmaker role. 

The Wallabies go into a training camp at Sanctuary Cove on June 1 before the first Test on June 7 in Brisbane.

Wallabies squad for June Tests: 

PROPS

Ben Alexander, ACT Brumbies

Pek Cowan, Western Force

Sekope Kepu, NSW Waratahs

Scott Sio, ACT Brumbies

James Slipper, Queensland Reds 

HOOKER

Nathan Charles, Western Force

Stephen Moore, ACT Brumbies

Tatafu Polota-Nau, NSW Waratahs 

LOCK

Sam Carter, ACT Brumbies

James Horwill, Queensland Reds

Luke Jones, Melbourne Rebels

Rob Simmons, Queensland Reds

Will Skelton, NSW Waratahs 

BACKROW

Scott Fardy, ACT Brumbies

Scott Higginbotham, Melbourne Rebels

Matt Hodgson, Western Force

Michael Hooper, NSW Waratahs

Ben McCalman, Western Force

Wycliff Palu, NSW Waratahs 

SCRUMHALF

Will Genia, Queensland Reds

Nick Phipps, NSW Waratahs

Nic White, ACT Brumbies

 FLYHALF

Kurtley Beale, NSW Waratahs

Bernard Foley, NSW Waratahs 

CENTRE

Tevita Kuridrani, ACT Brumbies

Christian Leali’ifano, ACT Brumbies

Matt Toomua, ACT Brumbies

 BACK-THREE

Adam Ashley-Cooper, NSW Waratahs

Nick Cummins, Western Force

Israel Folau, NSW Waratahs

Rob Horne, NSW Waratahs

Pat McCabe, ACT Brumbies

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