Beale fighting for flyhalf spot

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:20
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Kurtley Beale is eager to prove a point against the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby pre-season match on Saturday, but it has nothing to do with getting one over the club who released him.

Kurtley Beale is eager to prove a point against the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby pre-season match on Saturday, but it has nothing to do with getting one over the club who released him.
 
With Israel Folau all but guaranteed to line up at fullback for the Waratahs in round one of Super Rugby, Beale and Bernard Foley have been left to fight it out for the flyhalf position.
 
Beale is desperate to secure the Waratahs' No.10 jersey on his return but will face fierce competition from fellow Wallaby Foley.
 
"I'm definitely putting my foot forward for flyhalf. Izzy [Folau] had a stellar year at fullback [last year]," Beale told AAP.
 
Foley made his debut in Beale's last game for the Waratahs in 2011, before the latter defected to the Rebels, and said he was also up for the No.10 challenge.
 
"It's exciting. Healthy competition should bring the best out of you," he said.
 
"Hopefully, it will be a positive going forward, and both of us can contribute and be a part of a successful year," Foley added. 
 
The 25-year-old Beale will be putting his shoulder through its paces for the first time since surgery on it last year, against a side who could be excused for wanting to sit him on his backside.
 
After his 2013 season was marred by injury and regrettable off-field incidents, Beale has a symbolic chance to wipe the slate clean in his return for the Waratahs against the Rebels - and he's glad to be knocking the match-up on the head in the pre-season.
 
Beale declared that he's hungry to set a marker against his former teammates.
 
"I think the sooner the better [on the prospect of facing the Rebels]," he said.
 
"I feel good about myself now. I feel confident in myself, physically I feel stronger and mentally I feel fresh. I'm looking forward to a big one.
 
"I don't have any hostility towards my ex-teammates. They were a great club and obviously a very young team. My focus is purely on the Waratahs.
 
"I've got a role to play here and a big role. If I don't get that right, there are a lot of other players there knocking on the door to take my position," he added.
 
Beale has been in full contact at training for three weeks and any mental doubts over his shoulder have disappeared.
 
"I had some big boys running at me a couple of times and put myself in some positions where it was pretty vulnerable. I feel I've done all the hard work to go out there and play the game," he said.
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