Kurtley Beale has played in two Rugby World Cups, debuting in the 2011 tournament. That debut came the same year Beale won the John Eales Medal and his form that season helped him to a World Rugby Player of the Year nomination. Beale missed the World Cup semi-final that year through injury. He had no such poor luck in the 2015 World Cup, becoming one of Australia's gamebreakers in the tournament. Coming off the bench for the Wallabies, Beale played nearly every backline position including fullback, wing and inside centre, reinforcing his versatility. With Israel Folau injured, Beale stepped up as fullback in the quarter-final against Scotland and was one of the Wallabies' best in their gallant final effort.