Wallabies playmaker Kurtley Beale has declared himself “ready to go” for the Bledisloe Cup opener with the All Blacks.
Beale hasn’t played in three months since suffering a hamstring injury during his year-long stint with Wasps in the English Premiership.
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But the backline ace says he’s confident he can go the distance if, as expected, coach Michael Cheika selects him at inside centre for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash at ANZ Stadium. Beale hasn’t played for Australia since a 34-17 loss to New Zealand in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham, a stretch of 18 Tests in which the Wallabies have won just eight.
He hasn’t started since the World Cup quarter-final escape against Scotland.
“Ready to go. It’s been a long time coming now. It’s great to be back and involved in the Wallabies,” he said on Wednesday.
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“Obviously there’s a selection coming out soon so I’m doing everything I can to put my best foot forward to be in that match-day 23.
“There’s a lot of players out there putting their hands up for similar positions and it’s created a really good, healthy training environment, with everyone pushing each other to get a good, positive result on Saturday.
“Obviously everyone likes starting and I’m no different.”
Beale is almost certain to be named in the No.12 jersey, reuniting with Super Rugby-winning NSW teammate Bernard Foley in a creative Wallabies midfield.
Superstar fullback Israel Folau says he can’t wait to again team up with Beale as the Wallabies strive to end a 15-year wait to get their hands on the Bledisloe Cup.
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“I’ve been looking forward to KB’s return for a long time. It’s exciting for him to be back in the Wallaby environment,” Folau said.
Folau is convinced he, Beale and Foley are Australia’s most dangerous 10-12-15 combination.
“We’re always confident. We always back each other up,” he said.
“We’ve been playing with KB the last couple of years so I think we’ve got a great combination.”
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