Beale picked Lions over League

Tue, 19 Feb 2013 18:28
Large kurtleybealeclose Large kurtley beale rebels Large kurtlet beale try v wales

Kurtley Beale resisted the lure of a big-money move to Rugby League in order to face the British and Irish Lions in June.

Kurtley Beale resisted the lure of a big-money move to Rugby League in order to face the British and Irish Lions in June.

The Melbourne Rebels and Wallaby star had been a target for several National Rugby League clubs but turned down the offers to remain in Union.

And it was the prospect of facing the world famous tourists that swung the exciting utility back's decision.

"When my contract did come up, I knew an opportunity like this only comes every 12 years," said Beale.

"There was interest from certain [NRL] clubs in Sydney and Queensland. But this is an opportunity to be part of history ... not many people get the chance to do that.

"The trophy ([he Tom Richards Cup] is in our cabinet. We're going to need a lot of courage and heart to defend that."

Beale has a year remaining on his contract with the Melbourne Rebels and there is mounting speculation that he could return to the Waratahs or move to the 13-man code.

But Beale insists his sole focus is on facing Warren Gatland's men and he has fond memories of the last occasion the Lions went Down Under.

"Playing against four of the top nations in the northern hemisphere, against their best players, it just doesn't get better than that," added Beale.

"I remember sitting at home [in 2001] watching the last Lions series on TV, I had just finished primary school and I looked up to guys like Andrew Walker, Joe Roff, and Matt Burke.

"Seeing them play against the Lions was probably one of the best spectacles I have ever seen in either rugby code.

"That second Test in Melbourne was an unbelievable game, Joe Roff scored two tries. Then that last Test in Sydney, Australia had to win to claim the series, and Justin Harrison took that line-out in the dying moments, those moments are captured in my memory and kept me in the game."

Source: lionsrugby.com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
Leopards v Boland 12h30 Potchefstroom
Griquas v Border 13h00 Kimberley
Sharks v Hurricanes 13h00 Durban
Pumas v Namibia 13h00 Mpumalanga
Golden Lions v Free State Cheetahs 13h00 Randburg
Wasps v London Irish 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 14h30 Sixways
Bath v Leicester Tigers 14h30 Recreation Ground
Gloucester v Northampton Saints 14h30 Kingsholm
Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 Twickenham
Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks 14h30 Kingston Park
Zebre v Dragons 15h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Munster v Scarlets 15h00 Thomond Park
Ospreys v Ulster 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Connacht v Glasgow Warriors 15h00 Sportsground
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 15h00 BT Murrayfield
Leinster v Treviso 15h00 RDS
Kings v Blues 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Western Province 15h30 Durban
B&I LIONS
MORE LOGS