Waratahs lose star playmaker for Brisbane Tens

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    Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been ruled out of the Brisbane Tens a day after he was named to play.

    The 29-year-old announced on Wednesday an elbow injury he suffered in training last week hadn’t responded to treatment as hoped.

    “I’m absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to take the field,” the NSW Waratahs utility back said.

    Organisers of the Brisbane tournament said Beale told them on Tuesday night he’d been ruled out on medical advice.

    That was only hours after he was listed in the Waratahs line-up to begin what will be his third stint with the Sydney-based team.

    Brisbane Tens organisers says Beale will still attend the tournament to fulfil his role as a tournament ambassador.

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    • February 7th 2018 @ 1:48pm
      ThugbyFan said | February 7th 2018 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

      Why would anyone spend hard-earned money to watch the Brisbane 10’s when the Aussie Super sides (and likely the Kiwi teams also) send “mickey mouse” teams to play in the tournament. Of NSW’s “galaxy of stars” only Kurtley Beale and Curtis Rona could be seen as Tah’s starters for a Super Rugby match. Now suddenly Beale goes down with an elbow injury. The NSW team is mostly reserves and development players. The Brisbane 10 should be advertised as one-up from trial matches and admission reduced to $5 per person. Anything more should be termed robbery!

      Just another instance of the lack of clout and guts from the corporate clowns who have taken over the ARU/RA as their personal fiefdom, while everyone else just looks after No1 and damn Australian rugby and everyone else. A strong ARU/RA would have ordered teams to put up decent teams or bu99er off!

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        February 7th 2018 @ 1:55pm
        Train Without A Station said | February 7th 2018 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

        The 10s is not run by Rugby Australia…

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        February 7th 2018 @ 3:20pm
        Hoy said | February 7th 2018 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

        It’s a private tourney isn’t it?

      • February 7th 2018 @ 4:47pm
        Handsintheruck_asia said | February 7th 2018 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

        Couldn’t disagree more. Supporters whinge and moan about lack of development and opportunities for younger players, then when another opportunity is introduced, bag that as well.

        The 10s is a great opportunity to see some of the up and comers in action, mixed with a few of the experienced outgoing wildcard stars. A lot of these guys wont see a lot of minutes in the season to come with the exception of injury, so why not let then have a run and experience a higher calibre of rugby.

        Why would you risk injury to a full host of your starting players for a one weekend spectator tournament. And that is what it is, a spectator tournament to raise awareness and build some excitment (and no doubt revenues) before the start of the Super Rugby seasons. Showcase some young talent and farewell a few legends.

        Great idea, great concept! It should be embraced not rubbished.

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      February 7th 2018 @ 3:06pm
      Paul D said | February 7th 2018 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

      A strong ARU/RA would have ordered teams to put up decent teams or bu99er off!

      I guess NZRU is also a weak organisation then.

      Mickey Mouse teams for a Mickey Mouse Event

    • February 7th 2018 @ 5:15pm
      Malo said | February 7th 2018 @ 5:15pm | ! Report

      Another aru pr disaster.

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        February 7th 2018 @ 5:37pm
        Train Without A Station said | February 7th 2018 @ 5:37pm | ! Report

        How is it an ARU PR disaster?

        It’s not run by them. The only thing it has to do with the ARU is that it’s rugby and it’s in Australia.

        It’s no more to do to them than the NZRU because it’s rugby and it involves NZ teams.

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          February 7th 2018 @ 9:24pm
          Huw Tindall said | February 7th 2018 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

          What’s with all the facts mate!? Ruining a good old fashioned comments section slag fest.

        • February 8th 2018 @ 4:27pm
          Malo said | February 8th 2018 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

          If the aru don’t want to take part or promote it take ownership in rugby wtf do they do.

    • February 8th 2018 @ 7:53am
      Steiner said | February 8th 2018 @ 7:53am | ! Report

      I actually want to see some of the younger and less well known squad members in action. That’s what I like about it so I’ll be parting with my cash to see at least one day of tourney rugby. And 10s is a pretty good compromise in structure and set pieces between 7s and 15s.

    • February 8th 2018 @ 11:53am
      Muzzo said | February 8th 2018 @ 11:53am | ! Report

      In regards to this, tournament, the Brisbane 10’s. Can anyone advise, as to what TV coverage there will be?
      Iv’e checked TV guides & so forth, but to no avail. Pretty P… poor if that’s the case, as it really shows that the interest by these TV outlets.is virtually next to extinct.
      Be happy if someone could advise.

    • February 8th 2018 @ 1:54pm
      Cynical Play said | February 8th 2018 @ 1:54pm | ! Report

      It would only ever work in Brisbane, cause they love their footy. It wouldn’t work anywhere else in Oz. Sydney-siders can’t be bothered filling Allianz for the excellent Rugby 7s where both men and women put on great games.

      Tens will be dead within 5 years, when the investors realise it has no legs

      • February 8th 2018 @ 1:59pm
        Fionn said | February 8th 2018 @ 1:59pm | ! Report

        To be fair to Sydneysiders it is much easier to commute in Brisbane than it is in Sydney.

        I can’t help but think that the increased congestion in Sydney over the last decade has contributed to the decline in people attending live matches.

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