Kurtley Beale, the talented, versatile Australian, sadly plagued by injury throughout his career. The 28-year-old was signed by Wasps last summer, but took until December to make his debut appearance for the English side.
Just a few months later in March, the fullback announced how he would be leaving Wasps this coming summer. The perfect send off for the 2011 Australian player of the year would be lifting the Premiership title this weekend at Twickenham by defeating Exeter Chiefs; a prospect he may have to take part without playing a hand in the final.
“He’ll have to go some to be fit, but we’ll give it our best shot.”
Dai Young, Wasps Director of Rugby
Beale scored a try, but also limped off with a hamstring injury in Wasps’ 21-20 semi-final win over Leicester. To make matters worse for the fullback, Australian head coach Michael Cheika has now confirmed he will not feature for Australia this summer.
“Kurtley won’t be coming back, I’ve spoken with him…
I think considering the injury status he had before he left and now, a couple of niggles towards the end of the season… I’d rather he had just a month off, keeps himself in some kind of nick.
And [when] he gets back here, has a good pre-season, or a version of a pre-season, before the Rugby Championship.”
Michael Cheika, Australia Head Coach
The Aussie international will miss tests against Fiji, Scotland and Italy, and his exclusion from the squad casts greater doubt over his fitness for the Premiership final.
It will be a sad end to what’s been a brief stint in England, as Beale will return to Super Rugby for the Waratahs in preparation for the 2019 World Cup.