Kurtley Beale
Position Fullback, Centre, Flyhalf
Date of birth 6 January 1989
Height 184cm
Weight 92kg
Debut 2009 v Wales, Cardiff
Caps 67 Tests

Biography

Kurtley Beale has become one of Australia’s finest Indigenous sportsmen. In 2000, an 11-year-old Beale was unearthed as a sporting prodigy by one of the great rugby nurseries, St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill. Four years on and the school’s First XV coach Brother Anthony Boyd selected the then Year 10 student to play flyhalf. During that time Beale was also introduced to the man who who went on to become his first manager and a great mentor, Wallabies great Glen Ella. The Waratahs snapped Beale up at just 16, and he was in his first Wallabies camp at 17, under John Connolly. 

REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS

  • Australian Schoolboys 2004-2006
  • Australia A 2007
  • Australia U20s 2009
  • Wallabies Test debut 2009

CAREER OVERVIEW

2006 - Beale captained the Australian Schoolboys, after three years in the Joeys first XV.

2007 - Narrowly missed out on selection in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

2009 - Beale’s Wallabies debut came on the end-of-season Spring Tour, as a replacement winger for Drew MItchell, against Wales at Cardiff.

2010 - Made his run-on debut at fullback against Fiji in Canberra scoring two tries. Kicked Australia to its first Test win over South Africa in Bloemfontein since 1963, with a long-range penalty goal. Played in 13 of the year’s 15 Tests and finished the season with 10 caps as starting fullback. Won Rookie of the Year at the John Eales Medal. 

2011 - As first choice Wallaby fullback Beale played in ten Tests but was cruelly ruled out of the key Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand due to a hamstring strain. Beale edged future Wallaby captains Stephen Moore and David Pocock to win the prestigious John Eales Medal. 

2012 - Missed the opening three Tests of the season after suffering a shoulder injury playing for the Melbourne Rebels but went on to play in all of the remaining 12 Tests. Kurtley’s versatility was highlighted by the fact that he ended the season with seven successive caps as starting flyhalf. 

2013 - Beale’s 2013 international season lasted just three Tests, undergoing surgery, after failing to shake that shoulder concern. 

2014 - Kurtley made a successful return to the Wallabies playing in the opening eight Tests of the season and became the 25th Australian to 100 Test points along the way. Beale was suspended for four Tests after a well-publicised disciplinary issue. He returned to the matchday 23 for the final two internationals against Ireland and England. 

2015 - Beale won his 50th cap against Argentina in Mendoza and went on to play in the final 11 internationals of the season including all seven matches at the Rugby World Cup, proving himself as a valuable utility player off the bench. 

2016 - Signed with English club Wasps for the 2016/17 season and was unable to play any Tests after a season-ending knee injury. 

2017 - Beale returned home to play a starring role for the Wallabies in the Test season. Beale took centre stage in the lead-up to the Wallabies’ third Bledisloe Test win, in which they wore the inaugural Indigenous jersey, an initiative Beale of which Beale was a key driver.

International 2018 season

Tries 2
Points 10
Carries 53
Metres 304
Kicks In Play 27
Successful Tackles 15
Missed Tackles 3