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13th August 2014 07:32

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Directing play: Kurtley Beale

Australia number ten Kurtley Beale knows his role ahead of this weekend's Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand.

A surprise inclusion at fly-half ahead of in-form team-mate Bernard Foley, Beale has been handed the baton by Ewen McKenzie with the aim of transferring his impressive form for the Waratahs of late onto the Test rugby stage.

"I've got some really good players in and around me, so my key role is to try and give them the ball as much as I can, and try and direct the play," Beale told AAP.

The absence of Foley also means that Beale is in line to be handed the kicking duties also against the All Blacks - something he has no concern about.

"I've been practising all year. And when given the opportunity, I'll be ready to step up."

McKenzie added that in the big occasions over the last few weeks Beale had noticeably stepped up, as the Waratahs won their first Super Rugby title.

"For the Waratahs, obviously Bernard's been wearing the 10 jersey, but Kurtley's been playing in that playmaking role and done a really good job," said McKenzie.

"So this is not about saying we're unhappy with Bernie. Kurtley's played really well.

"We've had a few big stages in recent weeks and he's stepped up and been front and centre."

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