Deans explains Beale call
Robbie Deans has admitted Kurtley Beale's selection for Australia on Saturday is partly due to his court appearance on Monday.
By Ben Barrett
Last Updated: 02/06/10 10:01am
Robbie Deans has admitted Kurtley Beale's selection for Australia on Saturday is partly due to the full-back's court appearance on Monday.
The 21-year-old star is set to start his first Test for the Wallabies on Saturday against Fiji, but may have found himself in the Australian Barbarians for their fixture on Tuesday if it wasn't for his date in court.
Beale is set to answer a charge of common assault from an incident last July.
"Kurtley's got a court case next Monday... and we were keen to get him under way and that was going to make it difficult in terms of the Tuesday fixture," said Deans.
Beale made his test debut as a substitute against Wales in November and has impressed for the Waratahs during the Super 14 season - something which Deans considers important.
"We made the conscious decision to give him a start which he has earned through his performances," said Deans
Beale's surprise inclusion has seen others switched position with Adam Ashley-Cooper moved to the wing while the selection of Rob Horne means Digby Ioane moves to the other wing.
The game against Fiji will see Luke Burgess and Quade Cooper earn starts with Deans saying their form was just too good to ignore.
Cooper will don the No.10 shirt instead of the more experienced Matt Giteau.
"Quade's earned the right. He's played so well in that position," said Deans.
Giteau, who will now play as an inside centre is happy with the change,
"For me I feel really comfortable the way it is and hopefully Quade feels the same," said the Brumbies star.
"Obviously Quade's been in some red-hot form, it will be good running off him.
"My role now is to try and take as much pressure off Quade.
It seems the excitement is also shared by the Gitaeu's replacement.
"Just to have Gits outside you, I'll be relishing the opportunity. There's 15 guys out on the field trying to do a job and that's to win the game," said Cooper.