Kurtley Beale to return to Australia at end of season
Kurtley Beale will return to Australia at the end of the season
“This has been a really hard decision,” revealed the Wallaby
Beale wants to play a part for Australia in the build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Wasps have confirmed today that Kurtley Beale will return to Australia at the end of the season, following the conclusion of his one-year deal with the club.
Following recent conversations with Australia Head Coach Michael Cheika, the 28-year-old Wallaby feels he could play a central part for Australia as they build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the best way to fulfil the role outlined to him is to be back in the country.
Wasps said they are fully supportive of Kurtley achieving his international ambitions and will wish him the very best when he returns to Australia at the end of the season.
Speaking about the confirmation of his plans, Kurtley Beale said: “This has been a really hard decision because of how much I’ve been enjoying my time at Wasps.
“The squad, coaches, medical team and fans have been brilliant towards me since I arrived and I will always appreciate how they supported me through the injury rehab and gave me time to get my confidence back on the field.”
“To be able to wear the Wallaby jersey again would be the greatest privilege and at this stage of my career I want to give myself the best opportunity of representing Australia in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The vision Cheik [Michael Cheika] has for the Wallabies is really exciting and is something I really want to be part of and contribute to.
“Wasps have been going really well this season and I will be putting everything I have into helping the squad stay top of the table and trying to fulfil our potential this year.”
Speaking about Beale’s decision, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “I know how difficult a decision this has been for Kurtley, as he has really enjoyed his time here at Wasps and has settled in brilliantly on and off the field.
“He is a popular member of the dressing room, as well as a world-class player. All new contract discussions between us and Kurtley have been very amicable and he will leave with our very best wishes in the summer.
“When Kurtley signed, the idea was it would be for one year, similar to the deals that George Smith and Charles Piutau signed with the club last season, and during that time he would see how he settled in the UK.
“Because of how much Kurtley was enjoying it here and we were enjoying having him, we opened discussions about extending his stay.
“Until last week, we were relatively confident he would put pen to paper for another year. However, I know he and Michael Cheika have spoken recently and Kurtley feels he has an important role to play in the Wallabies’ set-up, leading up to the World Cup.”