Australia looking for boost from Beale's return

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    17 Aug 2017     Getty Images

Beale has been playing his most recent rugby in England for Wasps but a hamstring injury kept him out of the June internationals. He hasn't played for Australia since the 2015 Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.


However, his inclusion is expected to be a boost for the sagging fortunes of the Australians.

Folau told Australian media the players grew an extra leg when Beale was among them and the confidence boost was exciting.

"You give him the ball and he's always going to create something out of nothing. Guys around him, when they play with him, they grow," he said.

Folau said he had been looking forward to Beale's return for some time.

"I think we've got a great combination. We really just can't wait to get out there and play," he said.

Beale said he was excited being back in the Wallabies' environment.

"I'm in a really good space at the moment and I'm looking forward to putting my best foot forward on Saturday," he said.

Beale said the new faces in the Australian squad were now aware of what was needed to produce a quality performance.
"A lot of these young guys are stepping up to the mark and it's pushing the older statesmen so that's creating really good healthy competition and it's allowing us to move forward and that's important for us as a group," he said.

Other than Beale’s return, the main talking points in the Wallabies match day 23 were the naming of debutant Curtis Rona on the left wing following a strong season for the Western Force and the return of back rower Sean McMahon after an injury lay off.

The Wallabies had noted the effect of the British & Irish Lions' kicking game in their series with New Zealand and Beale was expected to play a role as back up to first five-eighths Bernard Foley in that area.

"We've got a game plan and hopefully I can help Bernard direct a team, take a bit of pressure off him to let him just play and back his instinct.

"Releasing pressure is so important to try and still be involved in the game. What's the point of scoring points and then not exiting well from you half?

"There's got to be that level of balance and I feel like we're getting to that stage now," he said.

Beale said he would be looking for plenty of connection with Folau on attack as well.

"You're stupid if you're not. This year he's been incredible in the June series, he's been on fire so for me I don't look to overdo it," he said.

Australia team to face the All Blacks on Augsut 19:

1. Scott Sio (32 Tests) 2. Stephen Moore (120 Tests) 3. Allan Alaalatoa (11 Tests) 4. Rory Arnold (12 Tests) 5. Adam Coleman (12 Tests) 6. Ned Hanigan (3 Tests) 7. Michael Hooper (c) (68 Tests) 8. Sean McMahon (15 Tests) 9. Will Genia (78 Tests) 10. Bernard Foley (45 Tests) 11. Curtis Rona*
12. Kurtley Beale (60 Tests) 13. Samu Kerevi (8 Tests) 14. Henry Speight (12 Tests) 15. Israel Folau (55 Tests)

RESERVES: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (71 Tests) 17. Tom Robertson (9 Tests) 18. Sekope Kepu (80 Tests) 19. Rob Simmons (71 Tests) 20. Lopeti Timani (7 Tests) 21. Nick Phipps (52 Tests) 22. Reece Hodge (13 Tests) 23. Tevita Kuridrani (47 Tests)