Kurtley Beale will not be in Australia squad for summer Tests, Michael Cheika confirms
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 25/05/17 8:21am
Australia coach Michael Cheika has confirmed Kurtley Beale will not feature during their June Tests against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.
Beale suffered a hamstring injury in Wasps' Aviva Premiership semi-final win over Leicester last weekend and Cheika said on Thursday the versatile back would not return to the Wallabies side until the Rugby Championship, which starts in August.
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He remains a doubt for England's domestic final on Saturday against the Exeter Chiefs, with Wasps director of rugby Dai Young saying: "He'll have to go some to be fit but we'll give it our best shot."
The 28-year-old missed the entire international season in 2016 with a serious knee injury, which meant him missing the first part of his debut season in England.
Beale made his Wasps debut in December but confirmed in March he would be leaving the club to return home and concentrate on Australia in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup - he will play in Super Rugby for the Waratahs.
"Kurtley won't be coming back, I've spoken with him," Cheika said.
"I think considering the injury status he had before he left and now, a couple of niggles towards the end of the season... I'd rather he had just a month off, keeps himself in some kind of nick.
"And (when) he gets back here, has a good pre-season, or a version of a pre-season, before the Rugby Championship."
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