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Kurtley Beale's 'golden ticket' back into the Wallabies

By AAP
(Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Kurtley Beale says he would love to play for the Wallabies again, and knows his golden ticket could be earned by guiding the Western Force into the Super Rugby Pacific finals.

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Beale has made an immense impact at the Force since signing a short-term contract last month, with the side winning three of their five games since.

The 35-year-old has notched 95 caps for the Wallabies – the last in 2021 – but his international career looked over when he was stood down from rugby in January, 2023, after sexual assault allegations were levelled against him.

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The veteran back was found not guilty in February this year.

Beale jumped at the chance to join the Force when coach Simon Cron came calling, and he hopes to work his way back into the Wallabies’ set-up.

“Yeah absolutely. It’s definitely a desire,” Beale said on Monday.

“But I know I’ve just got to keep playing some footy now

“I’m doing that here at the Force and trying to have an impact here.

“Push the team to a final series is my main focus at the moment.”

New Wallabies coach Joe Schmidt was on hand to witness Beale produce a masterclass when the Force destroyed Fijian Drua 48-10 in Perth a fortnight ago.

The Force followed it up with a 27-7 win over the Waratahs last week, with the result propelling them to within two points of eighth spot.

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One more win could be enough to secure a finals berth, but they face a tough finish to the season with games against the fifth-placed Reds (away) and third-placed Brumbies (home).

Beale has had some brief chats with Schmidt about international selection and the message has been clear: Get lots of rugby under your belt.

Although most 35-year-olds have already retired from international rugby, Beale is feeling fresh and has more to give.

“I think being out (for that period) has enabled me to put a lot of focus on my physical and mental wellbeing,” Beale said.

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“I’ve trained a lot, I did a lot of mental work in terms of making sure I’m in the right headspace.

“And being away from the game, it actually made me appreciate the game a lot more, which is really nice.

“I’m just absolutely loving being back playing rugby.”

Beale’s contract at the Force runs out at the end of the season.

But with Beale enjoying life living near Cottesloe beach, he indicated he would love to keep playing with the Force next season.

“It’s a beautiful city, Perth,” Beale said.

“It’s a great club here. Great people within it and everyone’s all wanting to push for success.

“If things work out, that’d be great. But my focus is just trying to push the team for the final series, and it’s an exciting challenge.”

Beale’s wife is due to give birth to their second child on Wednesday.

Despite the chaotic days ahead, he is confident he’ll be available for Saturday night’s crunch clash with the Reds in Brisbane.

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Mzilikazi 35 days ago

Be really surprised if Beale is considered for a WB squad, let alone a match day 23. Feel there are too many younger players in all positions in the backline now who should be developed. These upcoming games this year should be used to develop the players of the future, for building towards next RWC.

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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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