HSBC Waratahs utility Kurtley Beale joins Wallaby squad


HSBC Waratahs utility Kurtley Beale has taken the next step towards Test selection after being named in the Wallabies Tri Nations squad today.

Beale replaces Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock who will miss the remainder of the series after an MRI scan confirmed the 32-year-old will require an arthroscopy following a lateral cartilage (meniscus) tear in his left knee during last Saturday night's 17-29 loss to South Africa at Cape Town.


Mortlock sustained the injury 30 minutes into the match and left the field immediately.


He is booked to undergo the procedure, which is also known as keyhole surgery, tomorrow, and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. This will rule out a return to playing duties at Test level prior to the start of the Wallabies Spring Tour at the end of October. Mortlock was featuring in his 80th Test last weekend at Newlands.


Fellow Tri Nations squad member, utility forward Peter Kimlin, is also expected to be out of action for up to six weeks due to an axillary nerve injury in his right shoulder, which was sustained on the recent Brumbies development tour of Europe.


Kimlin, who was capped earlier this year during the two Tests against Italy, is scheduled to undergo an MRI scan tomorrow, which will be followed by additional nerve conduction studies.


The injuries have necessitated a call for reinforcement, with Brumbies lock Mark Chisholm and Beale being added to the Wallabies Tri Nations squad when it reassembles in Sydney on Thursday.


Chisholm, who played the most recent of his 40 Tests against Wales during last season's Spring Tour, had his comeback match for Randwick last weekend, after having been sidelined since early April following the broken wrist he sustained while playing against the Cheetahs at Bloemfontein.


The uncapped Beale appeared in 12 of the HSBC Waratahs' 13 matches during the 2009 Super 14, in what was his third season at that level. An Australian Schoolboys representative for three consecutive seasons, the 20-year-old this year underlined his versatility by functioning at both flyhalf and inside centre for the HSBC Waratahs, before switching to fullback for Australia while attending the Under-20 IRB World Cup in Japan during June.


Seven members of the Tri Nations squad will released for club rugby duties this weekend: Beale (Northern Suburbs), Peter Hynes (GPS QLD), Pek Cowan (Warringah), Phil Waugh (Sydney University), Matt Hodgson (Eastern Suburbs), Quade Cooper (Souths QLD) and Ryan Cross (Eastern Suburbs).


The Wallabies' next match is Saturday week's second Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.



New Wallabies Squad
Backs: Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies), Berrick Barnes (Queensland Reds), Kurtley Beale (HSBC Waratahs), Luke Burgess (HSBC Waratahs), Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds), Ryan Cross (Western Force), Will Genia (Queensland Reds), Matt Giteau (Western Force), Peter Hynes (Queensland Reds), Drew Mitchell (HSBC Waratahs), James O'Connor (Western Force), Lachie Turner (HSBC Waratahs).
Forwards: Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Al Baxter (HSBC Waratahs), Richard Brown (Western Force), Mark Chisholm (Brumbies), Pek Cowan (Western Force), Rocky Elsom (Brumbies), Matt Hodgson (Western Force), James Horwill (Queensland Reds), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Dean Mumm (HSBC Waratahs), Wycliff Palu (HSBC Waratahs), David Pocock (Western Force), Tatafu Polota-Nau (HSBC Waratahs), Benn Robinson (HSBC Waratahs), Nathan Sharpe (Western Force), George Smith (Brumbies), Phil Waugh (HSBC Waratahs).






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