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First Nations Wallabies: Kurtley Beale

To honour the Wallabies wearing the First Nations jersey against Argentina, Rugby.com.au has taken a look back at the incredible efforts by First Nations Wallabies - finishing off with Kurtley Beale.

Beale has been a standout no matter the level, exciting the masses with his electric style of play and freakish abilities.

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He was earmarked as a future Wallaby from an early age and success at schoolboy level, starring for Joeys as his highlight reel went viral.

Beale was selected in the NSW and Australian Schoolboys sides from the age of 15, eventually captaining both sides.

He would train with the Waratahs part-time throughout this period, making his debut in 2007.

Beale alternated between fly-half and inside centre for the Waratahs, but eventually settled at fullback.

He was selected for Australia's 2009 tour as back-up and impressed enough in tour fixtures to win a debut Test cap off the bench in Australia's 34–12 victory over Wales.

In 2010, Beale would establish himself as a mainstay of the team, starting in 10 out of the 13 games.

However, 2011 was the year of Beale as he would be awarded the John Eales Medal after an incredible season in gold.

Beale would shift between flyhalf and fullback before off-field issues and injuries limited his time in gold in 2013.

He would remain a key contributor to the side despite a controversial end to 2014, playing a crucial role in building and developing the First Nations jersey and recognition in Australian Rugby.

His dream would be fulfilled in 2017 as the Wallabies wore the Indigenous jersey against New Zealand.

Kurtley Beale would like to see the Indigenous jersey in the World Cup. Photo: RUGBY.com.au

Beale would depart Australian Rugby in 2019 after a brief stint in England two years earlier, signing with French side Racing 92.

He said in July the dream to one day return to Wallabies colours was still alive, looking to inspire the next generation of First Nations players.

"That's definitely a goal of mine. To play another World Cup. If I can do that in France that can be fantastic," he said in July.

"That's something I want to keep pushing for. I know I have a lot of great players from international players around me. 

"I'm still learning, pushing hard for spots. That hunger is still there to represent my country.

"...I'll always keep representing it to hopefully inspire the next Kurtley Beale to play for the Wallabies."

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