Beale to make Wasps debut against Connacht

12:07 PM GMT

Kurtley Beale will make his Wasps debut in their Champions Cup pool match against Connacht on Sunday.

Beale was recruited by Wasps in May but suffered a knee injury just a day later which has kept him sidelined ever since. But he is now back fit and starts at inside centre against Connacht’s Bundee Aki at the Ricoh Arena.

“We’re all very excited to have Kurtley Beale back fit and raring to go, although I suspect no one is more excited than Kurtley himself!” Wasps boss Dai Young said.

“I’ve been really impressed with his work ethic since he arrived. He’s worked his socks off to get back and he’s fitted in brilliantly with the squad.

“We all know how talented a player he is, but he’s also very humble and keen to develop further, which makes him a pleasure to work with.

“It was important to wait until he was feeling confident in his knee and his fitness, and it’s great he’s in that place now after being back in training with the squad for three weeks.

“It will naturally take him a bit of time to get up to speed with our patterns and to return to match-sharpness after a while out, so we’ll be patient on that front, but he’s looked hugely skillful in training and we’re all excited to have him back and ready to play for Wasps.”

England winger Jack Nowell also makes his return from his quad injury and is named on the wing for Exeter’s game against Bordeaux-Begles.

Saracens throw their England contingent straight back into club duties for their game against Sale with new signing Will Skelton on the bench.

Elsewhere Manu Tuilagi starts at outside centre for Leicester while Nick Abendanon is shifted to the wing for Clermont’s trip to Ulster.

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