Qantas Wallabies and NSW Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale has signed a one-year contract extension with Australian Rugby that will take him through until after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The 26-year-old talent has played 49 Tests for Australia and featured in 10 of a possible 14 Wallabies Test matches in 2014, which included two starts against New Zealand during the Castrol EGDE Rugby Championship.
After helping the NSW Waratahs to a maiden Asteron Life Super Rugby title last year, Beale will return to the side under the guidance of Qantas Wallabies and NSW Waratahs coach Michael Cheika.
“I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and am grateful to the ARU and Waratahs for the opportunity to continue my career here in Australia,” Beale said.
“With the Rugby World Cup coming up, I’m looking forward to getting back out there and playing some good Rugby for the Waratahs and hopefully getting selected for the Wallabies.”
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is pleased that Beale will again be available for Wallaby selection.
“Kurtley is a fantastic player who will add to our great talent pool of inside backs,” said Cheika.
“I’m looking forward to getting the best out of him again over the next 12 months.”
Since making his debut for Australia in 2009, Beale’s international achievements include a Rugby World Cup, a British & Irish Lions Series and a Tri Nations title in 2011.
The talented back has been an important player at a provincial and national level since he graduated from high school and will be determined to build on his 49 Test caps in 2015.
Beale became just the third back to win the John Eales Medal in 2011.
Kurtley Beale – Wallaby No. 836
Born: 06/01/1989 – Sydney, NSW
Province: NSW Waratahs
Test Caps: 49
Test Points: 113
Test Debut: 2009 v Wales, Cardiff