Sydney Roosters utility player Craig Wing will replace skipper Darren Lockyer in Australia's squad for the rest of the Tri-Nations Series.
Wing was unlucky to miss out on the original tour party
Lockyer was sidelined after breaking a bone in his foot in training on Monday.
The 25-year-old Wing, a member of the Kangaroos side that won last year's Tri-Nations at Elland Road, can play hooker and both half-back positions.
Newcastle Knights hooker Danny Buderus takes over the captaincy as Australia prepare to face France on Saturday.
The 27-year-old has captained Australia in two previous Tests, both against Great Britain in last year's Tri-Nations.
He has also led New South Wales to two State of Origin Series victories.
Wing was told of his call-up while on holiday in Hawaii and arrangements are being made for him to fly from there to the United States mainland and then France.
He won the last of his 12 caps against New Zealand in April and was considered unlucky to miss out on the original tour party.
Australia have also lost second rower Nathan Hindmarsh with a recurrence of a knee injury which reduced their party to just 21 players.
Hindmarsh was an earlier replacement for Timana Tahu while winger Eric Grothe was called up to replace the injured Andrew Johns.
It is likely that Lockyer will remain with the team while Hindmarsh will fly back to Australia for treatment.