Deans confirms - Beale or Barnes will wear
James Mortimer 20 Sep 2012 Getty Images
"The choices (for first five-eighth) are obvious," Deans said.
"We've got Berrick, we've got Kurtley. Obviously it will be one of the above."
The mention of Beale as a possible to guide the Wallabies backline may come as a surprise to some, considering he has not been able to keep his place in the starting XV.
Barnes did feature at fullback for the Wallabies in their recent tests against the Springboks and Pumas at times, hinting perhaps of a change that might have been getting a first trial run.
Beale could start at first five-eighth, but the Wallabies could keep Barnes in the team as fullback, as outside Adam Ashley-Cooper the Australians are thin in cover at custodian as well.
Deans said that the decision had been made, but otherwise there had been no hint of the move, as the team has not been in camp since coming back to defeat Argentina in the Gold Coast.
"We've made the decision (of who will wear the ten jersey), we just haven't communicated it yet," Deans said.
"Our protocol is to talk to the players before we talk to the public."
Barnes performance against the Pumas at the back of the field continued to showcase his reliability at test level.
He was one of the best players in the Wallabies 3-0 series win over Grand Slam Six Nations champions Wales, giving the team control and stability with the NSW navigator bringing an 'all-round' aspect to his game and team's play.
However there has been widespread call for the Wallabies to unleash their attacking flair, and Barnes steadiness has not often been equated with a free flowing attack.
Hence the reason for Cooper's quick inclusion into the Wallabies, while O'Connor was played at ten after the Rugby World Cup against Wales in 2011.
Beale, one of a threesome with Cooper and O'Connor at times regarded to as 'The Three Amigos', brings the same x-factor play that could see him bring an attacking approach to the Wallabies game.
Deans however did not agree.
"I don't think it will make a lot of difference either way (to our game)," he said.
"As you've seen with the way we structure our game, you'll see both players involved in both roles, so it really doesn't matter."
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