QUIRINDI'S Sam Carter is the surprise bolter in the Wallabies squad for the three Test series against France next month.
The ACT Brumbies lock is one of four debutants named in coach Ewen McKenzie’s 32-man squad and one of 10 Brumbies.
Carter’s dad Dave played five Tests for the Wallabies, including tours to France and Canada in 1989. Now the baton has been passed to Sam, also known as SOD (Son of David), the hard-working Brumbies’ lock who “does the shitters”, “puts his head in dark places” and rarely gets the accolades he deserves.
“I almost went deaf from mum’s screaming when I told her on the phone, dad was pretty excited too,” Carter said.
“It feels pretty good. It’s very exciting news but hopefully I can get on … Everyone who plays rugby wants to play at the highest level. That’s my goal and getting the phone call was a dream come true.
“I knew if I performed consistently well that I’d have a shot. But as exciting as it is, I have to focus on the Brumbies.”
McKenzie spoke to some Brumbies players on Wednesday to tell them they had been included.
The Brumbies are about to finish a two game tour of South Africa and play the Pretoria Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday morning Australian time.
Wallabies squad: Backs - Israel Folau, Nick Cummins, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Pat McCabe, Rob Horne, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali’ifano, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Nic White, Nick Phipps.Forwards - Wycliff Palu, Ben McCalman, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper, Matt Hodgson, Scott Fardy, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Luke Jones, Sam Carter, Ben Alexander, Sekope Kepu, James Slipper, Scott Sio, Pek Cowan, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nathan Charl