Kurtley Beale signs with NSW Waratahs, Rugby Australia

Sun, Feb 20, 2022, 7:00 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
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Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs have confirmed Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale has signed a deal to return home.

It puts him in prime position to become just the third Australian to feature at four World Cup tournaments, having been called into Dave Rennie's set-up for last year's Spring Tour.

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The 34-year-old started in the Wallabies latest match against Wales in November, nearly pulling off a fairytale victory down a man at Principality Stadium.

Beale is currently plying his trade for French side Racing 92 and will return to Australia at the end of the Top 14 season, making him available for this year's Test calendar.

“I'm really happy to be returning to Australia and would like to thank RA and the Waratahs for allowing me that opportunity," Beale said in a statement.

"There's nothing better than representing my state and my country and I'll be working hard to earn the right to do both when I return to Australia.

"From what I can see the Waratahs and the Wallabies are building really strong cultures and environments and I'll be looking to contribute as much as I can to ensure that continues."


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New Waratahs coach Darren Coleman was equally excited by Beale's return, having guided the fullback through the early years of his career during his stint with Norths.

“It’s going to be great having Kurtley back not only for the team but for the NSW Rugby public," Coleman added.

"He’s an excitement machine and his ability to play multiple positions is a real asset for us."

“I’ve had a long association with Kurtley dating back to 2006 and he’s a really positive guy to have around.

"I feel he will be a great mentor for some of our young backs as they progress through their professional career.”

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