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Wallabies name Brumbies' Joe Powell among 10 uncapped players in squad for England Test series

ABC Grandstand logoABC Grandstand 26/05/2016

Brumbies scrum half Joe Powell. © Getty Images Brumbies scrum half Joe Powell. Brumbies back-up scrum half Joe Powell only has seven Super Rugby caps, all of them coming off the bench, but Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has seen enough to include him in the Test squad to face England in June.

The Wallabies named a 39-man squad for the upcoming three-Test series against the Six Nations champions, with Powell one of 10 players in line to make their Test debut.

"Originally I thought it was a joke ... and I told one of the boys and asked them to have a look at it because I thought it was a bit of a joke," he said of the email telling him he was in the training squad.

So obscure was his selection that the Wallabies' official Twitter account accidentally called him Joel Powell in a congratulatory tweet.

Powell said he had not even considered himself in the conversation for a call-up and "didn't want to tell anyone [about the email] because I didn't want to seem like an idiot", but he was assured it was all above board by Brumbies coach and Wallabies assistant Stephen Larkham.

Despite the elation of getting selected, alongside nine other Brumbies, the 22-year-old said he was not anticipating any game time.

"I'm not expecting to play, but just to be named in the squad, I'm really happy with that," he said, adding he was yet to meet coach Cheika.

"I'll learn as much as I can from the experienced guys that are there. I'm really looking forward to it."

Also among the prospective debutants are Queensland Reds code hoppers Karmichael Hunt and Eto Nabuli.

Twenty-three of the players named were also in the Wallabies' World Cup squad, while former captain James Horwill is set to make his return to the Test arena after missing out on selection in the game's centrepiece last year.

"We have selected this squad with one eye on the now and one on the future and there's a huge focus on building depth within the squad," Cheika said.

"For example, we want to work with three tight fives and four number sevens, looking to build that competition within that type of combination."

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