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Brumbies Nic White replaces dumped Will Genia

Axed: Wallabies halfback Will Genia has been dumped in favour of Nic White and Nick Phipps.

Axed: Wallabies halfback Will Genia has been dumped in favour of Nic White and Nick Phipps. Photo: Getty Images

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Dumped Test halfback Will Genia became a victim of his own world-class standard when he was dropped from the Wallabies match day squad for the first time in four years on Tuesday.

Ewen McKenzie named Brumbies No.9 Nic White to start against France on Saturday.Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps is on the bench, the Wallabies coach saying he was looking for more from the once dominant Queensland No.9.  

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Wallabies team to play France

The squad to take on France in the first Test at Suncorp Stadium on June 7. Photo: Getty Images

"Sometimes it's only little things and that's the way it is, but you have to be at the peak of your powers," he said.

"Players set a standard for themselves and you reference against that. That's why I've been talking about consistency, you reference every player against what you know they're capable of.

"We apply that criteria to everyone. The guys who are getting picked are playing the closest to their potential."

White will partner with No.10 Bernard Foley in the NSW playmaker's first start and just his fifth Test.

It is the first time since Australia's Test against Ireland in June 2010 that Genia has been left out of the Wallabies match day squad.

Though the 55-Test halfback missed most of the Test season in 2012 through injury and was benched in favour of White for two Tests in last year's Rugby Championship, he has been one of the most immovable members of the Wallabies starting 15 since the Robbie Deans era. 

In another big – but not entirely unexpected – selection, uncapped Brumbies second-rower Sam Carter trumped James Horwill for a starting spot next to Queenslander Rob Simmons. 

Horwill will come off 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. 

Carter, 24, revealed the former Test captain was the first to congratulate him on his upcoming debut.

"He's a class act, he was the first person who congratulated me, straight after the meeting he was running through my roles in the lineout," Carter said. 

It was good news for NSW back rower Wycliff Palu, who was named ahead of Ben McCalman at No.8, while blindside breakaway Scott Fardy will add additional on-ball abrasiveness to complement Michael Hooper at the breakdown.

McKenzie said Palu's big game experience was important against France.

"Cliffy finished second in the John Eales Medal [voting] last year and he only played half the Tests," he said.

"He's rated by the players in terms of the contribution he makes and he's been in good form, particularly in the more physical parts of the game, which is part of Test matches."

Foley, meanwhile, will also take on the goal-kicking responsibilities in his first start for the Wallabies. The 24-year-old made his Test debut against Argentina in Rosario in last year's Rugby Championship, scoring a try.

Foley beat NSW teammate and playmaking partner Kurtley Beale to the starting spot. Beale  is on the bench alongside Phipps and resurgent Brumbies back Pat McCabe.

Matt Toomua and Tevita Kuridrani have retained their spots in the midfield. In-form NSW No.13 Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins reprise their spots on the wing. Try-scoring powerhouse Israel Folau – probably the first name on McKenzie's list – returns at fullback. 

In the front row, new Wallabies captain Stephen Moore will start at hooker. James Slipper is at loosehead and Sekope Kepu at tighthead. 

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.  

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