Rehab rugby star Kurtley Beale delighted by Wallabies recall

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 October, 2014, 3:18pm
 

Troubled star Kurtley Beale yesterday said he was "over the moon" at being recalled to the Wallabies squad to face the British & Irish Lions and plans to grab the chance with both hands.

Beale, 24, recently completed two weeks of rehab for alcohol-related issues and was speaking for the first time since being suspended for striking Melbourne Rebels teammates Gareth Delve and Cooper Vuna in March.

"I'm feeling really good and really positive," he said, a day after being named as one of the final six additions to Robbie Deans' 31-strong Wallabies squad to play the three-test Lions series.

"It's great to be back in the Wallabies environment. They're a great group of boys and a lot of familiar faces. I'm very excited and just over the moon, and it's time to keep on and move on with my life."

Beale said there had been plenty of times when he felt he would not be back for the series, and also weighed up missing it to focus on his rehab. "Yeah definitely," he said. "I had to obviously work on a few things off the field and I feel like I've done that now with the support of a lot of close friends, the Australian Rugby Union and the Melbourne Rebels."

His versatility at fullback and flyhalf won him a place ahead of Quade Cooper and while his alcohol counselling is continuing, Beale said he was ready for the Lions challenge.

"I'm going to take this opportunity with both hands and help the Wallabies," he said. "I think the best support base for me at the moment is being here in this environment. I'm very excited to be back playing rugby, which I love doing, and it certainly takes a lot of the distractions away."

Meanwhile, Queensland Reds winger Luke Morahan has been added to the Wallabies squad as cover for Brumbies winger Joe Tomane, who was ruled out of the opening test with a toe injury.

The 23-year-old Tomane, who played the only test of his career against Scotland last year, sustained the injury during training on Monday.

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