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Wasps signing Kurtley Beale to miss start of next season

  • New Wasps signing Kurtley Beale will miss the start of next season
  • The knee injury though is not expected to keep him out for as long as first feared
  • It had been thought the back would miss up to a year after he was injured playing for New South Wales Waratahs
Waratahs back Kurtley Beale has received a better prognosis than expected after injuring his knee during the Round 12 match against the Bulls.

The 27-year-old picked up the injury within the first minute of the match after contesting a high ball.

“The result is the best possible prognosis given the tendon remains intact, requiring less invasive surgery, and that the injury is isolated with no other damage to the knee,” said the Waratahs on Sunday.



Wasps only on Saturday confirmed it had signed Beale to a one-year deal with the option for a 12-month extension if his initial spell in Coventry proves a success.

His annual salary is reported to be worth in excess of £700,000, making the 27-year-old the highest-earning player in English Premiership history, eclipsing the £500,000 paid by Bath last season to rugby league convert Sam Burgess.