Rugby union - Wallabies opt for Beale ahead of Foley for All Blacks

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Rugby Union - Wallaby assistant holds out Beale hope
Australian rugby union player Kurtley Beale takes part in the team's "captain's run" at Sanctuary Cove in the Gold Coast on June 6, 2014. Australia are bidding for their best winning streak in six seasons against France in Brisbane on June 7 with new skipper Stephen Moore keen to build momentum. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK HAMILTON IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE (AFP Photo/PATRICK HAMILTON)

- Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie on Tuesday opted for Kurtley Beale ahead of Bernard Foley as fly-half for their opening Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks on Saturday.

The move was part of a revamped line-up in the wake of Australia's series clean sweep over France earlier this year in what McKenzie said reflected the different style the Wallabies wanted to play against their bitter rivals.

"There were a number of extremely tough selection decisions, especially after the way the team performed against France, however we're confident we've come up with the best squad possible to win on Saturday night," he said of the match in Sydney.


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