Kurtley Beale says league in his future

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    Wallabies five-eighth Kurtley Beale says a stint in rugby league might be in his future following a cross-code training session with NRL premiers Melbourne.

    The Rebels Super Rugby star hit the training paddock for the first time since Australia’s tour of the UK and Europe late last year and he sweated it out in a two-hour session with the Storm.

    The Storm are renowned for their tortuous pre-season campaigns but the Rebels were able to keep the pace.

    Rebels and Wallaby halfback Nick Phipps was one who never let his Storm opposite Cooper Cronk get the better of him.

    Admitting he was a huge league fan, Beale said he wanted to try his hand in the 13-man game.

    “It’s always lingering in the back of my mind,” the 24-year-old said.

    “I’m a massive fan of rugby league and I played it all my junior career and I’m always switching channels to watch it on the weekend.

    “Hopefully later on, in the years to come, I will be able to put my hand up and have a crack at it.”

    He said his focus was on a big year ahead for the Rebels and the Wallabies, with the British and Irish Lions in Australia for their three-Test series in June-July.

    Beale wore the Wallabies No.10 jersey on the Spring tour and said he wanted to continue in the role, holding off challenges from Queensland’s Quade Cooper and his Rebels’ teammate James O’Connor, among others.

    His fitness was in question during Melbourne’s 2012 Super Rugby campaign, hampered early on by hamstring-related problems.

    While injury-free, Beale admitted he still had plenty of work to do before their opening-round clash with the Western Force on February 15.

    “I’m a little bit off,” he said.

    “Obviously, it’s my first day back today and the boys were jogging past me so there’s a little bit of work to do but I’ll try and focus on that over the next few weeks.

    “Our boys had a really good off-season and, to be able to see them mix it with the champion league team, brought me a lot of confidence going into a new year.”

    The Rebels and Storm will present a united front in Geelong early next month when they play trial games; the NRL titleholders hosting Canberra on Friday February 8 and the Rebels facing Wellington the next day at Simmons Stadium.

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    • January 17th 2013 @ 12:51pm
      SkinnyKid said | January 17th 2013 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

      Wow. So a bloke says one day he’d like to maybe have a crack at switching to League….and thats a story is it?

      • January 17th 2013 @ 12:54pm
        Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

        apparently so. “journalism” in this country really scraping the barrel now.

        • January 17th 2013 @ 1:13pm
          SkinnyKid said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

          I love the over stated title “Kurtley Beale says league in his future”

          Uncle Rupert would be so proud

    • January 17th 2013 @ 1:09pm
      Hightackle said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

      Yeah, Wallabies quite often state they would like to switch to rival codes.

    • Roar Guru

      January 17th 2013 @ 1:17pm
      Jiggles said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

      If this was Quade Cooper we’d already have 240 comments. 190 of those calling for the death penalty for even thinking about NRL.

      • January 17th 2013 @ 1:37pm
        SkinnyKid said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:37pm | ! Report


        Personally I blame Lote. For everything. Including the bush fires.

        • Roar Guru

          January 17th 2013 @ 6:19pm
          Jiggles said | January 17th 2013 @ 6:19pm | ! Report

          And the famine in Ethiopia… 30 years ago.

    • January 17th 2013 @ 1:21pm
      kingplaymaker said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

      Funny how little in comparison league players say they’d like to play rugby, let alone that they are massive fans.

      • January 17th 2013 @ 1:24pm
        jameswm said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:24pm | ! Report

        Beale is from a league background, and only played rugby because of his scholarship to Joeys

        • Roar Guru

          January 17th 2013 @ 2:07pm
          AlBo said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

          Regardless I have to agree with KPM. If any of the rugby union juniors now playing league came out and said how much they love rugby and want to have a crack then I can imagine there would be some form of sanctioning from the NRL.

          It’s the same way that you hear the rugby commentators refer to league during calls, often in a positive comparison, whereas if the RU word is mentioned by their league counterparts it’s often stifled and fleeting.

          • January 17th 2013 @ 2:16pm
            kingplaymaker said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:16pm | ! Report

            Albo rugby and those involved with it seem to view themselves, perhaps even subconsciously, as involved in a second choice and inferior game in comparison the dominant rugby code that is league, and this kind of meek and negative thinking does no one in the game any favours and suggests on a deeper level some crisis of confidence.

            • Roar Guru

              January 17th 2013 @ 5:00pm
              AlBo said | January 17th 2013 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

              I don’t think it’s as bad as that KPM, in fact almost the opposite. I just think that there’s a wider appreciation for both games in RU circles and that rugby has more to worry about in it’s own backyard than worrying about how the neighbour prunes their hedges.

            • January 17th 2013 @ 10:26pm
              Bakkies said | January 17th 2013 @ 10:26pm | ! Report

              League is only dominant in Australia. Everywhere else it is or has become irrelevant, even in England with clubs going bust, crowds dropping, unable to poach Rugby players (unlike the 80s and 90s).

              • January 18th 2013 @ 10:33am
                allrounder said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:33am | ! Report

                indeed. while i was working in london, not one person at my place of work had even heard of league.

                thats the biggest city in europe and frankly if it aint big there it aint big.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 8:41pm
                Matt_S said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:41pm | ! Report

                bakkies,. crowds have increased, not declined, in Super League. TV ratings are at recoed levels. Yes, some clubs are facing financial uncertainty but so do union clubs and only rich suger daddies keep them afloat. How many union clubs have had to even leave London? Wasps, Saracens, Irish?

                How are Sale, Leeds and Falcons doing in the North?

                At least successful immigrants are wanting to help league clubs like Bradford (Pakistan-English owner), and by Monday, a Qatari-English owner for Salford.

                Just need a union type oldboy network to help out with sponsorship.

                Please keep to some truth.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 9:27pm
                Bakkies said | January 18th 2013 @ 9:27pm | ! Report

                I find that very hard to believe that crowds in the Super League have increased. Their playoff attendance figures were appalling. Those sugar daddies you have mentioned are just keeping those clubs solvent. It doesn’t change the fact that some staff members were working on a volunteer basis (including the ex head coach of Bradford) and players were unpaid for months. Bradford were docked points for entering administration.

                Wasps, London Irish, Saracens, etc moved their pro home games outside of London but their mini Rugby and amateur base is very much in London and they have expanded that by playing home games in places like Wycombe. Saracens are moving back in to London at the end of the month. That gave them a more stable home base unlike the London RL club who are like the Travelling Wilburys. They had the lowest match attendance for the season which was 1,517 against Salford.

                Newcastle should be back in the Aviva Premiership next season. Sale are struggling on the field but they have some decent players and are playing out of Salford’s home ground. Pretty sure their crowd averages are much higher then Salford City. Leeds are struggling in the Championship but they are a player production club these days.

                The Super League highlights show on the BBC is only televised in the heartlands so that is not broadcasting the game to other areas. The competition sponsors Stobart were in the news this week as they have financial problems.

        • January 17th 2013 @ 3:59pm
          Short-Blind said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

          James it couldn’t have been much of a league background otherwise he’d be able to tackle and catch a high ball, consistently that is šŸ™‚

          • January 18th 2013 @ 8:22pm
            Shahsan said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:22pm | ! Report

            Yah, great tacklers like Timana Tahu, cooper vuna, wendell sailor

      • January 17th 2013 @ 3:01pm
        Greg said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

        rugby isnt as paranoid about league thats why. if a league player said it he would be banished.

        • January 17th 2013 @ 3:06pm
          SkinnyKid said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:06pm | ! Report

          Greg, you dont actually believe that. Do you

          • January 17th 2013 @ 8:31pm
            Greg said | January 17th 2013 @ 8:31pm | ! Report

            Yes SkinnyKid, I do..

      • January 17th 2013 @ 4:47pm
        p.Tah said | January 17th 2013 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

        Off the top of my head a few who have said that they were interested to try their hand at Rugby:
        Andrew Johns
        Braith Anasta
        Eric Grother
        Benji Marshall
        Craig Wing

        Recently Lauchie Turner said he wanted to try AFL.

        • January 17th 2013 @ 5:27pm
          p.Tah said | January 17th 2013 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

          That should be Grothe Jr not Grother

    • Roar Guru

      January 17th 2013 @ 1:25pm
      Hoy said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      I have always thought Beale would suite the 13 man game more than anyone in the Wallabies. When he started at the Tahs at 5/8, he had a definite league style to him; his passes, the way he plays the game as a playmaker would probably suit League. I think so anyway.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 8:17pm
        Suzy Poison said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:17pm | ! Report

        Agree, same with Cooper. Both would be good at League. Australia suffers a too many playmakers disease. O’Conner, Cooper, Barnes would walk into internal side. It’s almost as if you guys are paralysed by choice.

        But as a Saffa, I believe we have the next Dan Carter and his name is Johan Goosen. He has only played one game for Boks, and we
        went okay. 5 tries I believe. But he needs to stay injury free.

        • January 18th 2013 @ 8:28pm
          Dadiggle said | January 18th 2013 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

          I thought the no 9 position is pivot of Australia?

    • January 17th 2013 @ 1:25pm
      jameswm said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

      The biggest issue here is about guys jogging past Beale, and how he has a bit of a way to go to get fit.

      Don’t you think the Wallabies and Rebels would have learnt by now that Beale badly lets himself go in the off season? Wouldn’t you expect Kurtley to find some personal pride and keep himself fit during the off season?

      Doesn’t the S15 start in about 5 weeks? How can he go from fat to fit in 5 weeks?

      I just can’t believe people haven’t learnt their lesson. I hope time off for Kurtley did not mean eating and drinking with no exercise.

      • January 17th 2013 @ 1:45pm
        Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:45pm | ! Report

        i saw some pics of their training session with the storm, he doesnt look as bad as occasions last year although his shoulder is still heavily strapped.
        My bigger issue is that JOC looks to have bulked up alot in his down time I hope he hasnt put on muscle at the expense of pace and agility. Also he may be more susceptible to soft tissue injuries (which he already has an issue with) if he focusses to much on lifting weights.

        • January 17th 2013 @ 1:57pm
          allrounder said | January 17th 2013 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

          1st, players are entitled to a break from full training, in his case 5 or 6 weeks and now he has 5 weeks which is a long time for a player tp regain fitness lost from a month and a bit break. i’m sure he and others are still given programs to maintain a decent level of fitness during their break.

          2nd i read JOC’s put on a couple of kilos but lost a great deal of body fat with his skin folds the lowest his ever had.

          sounds like he’s in great shape for the lions series.

          • January 17th 2013 @ 2:03pm
            Justin2 said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

            Of course he is entitled to a break. Thats not the issue. A break doesnt mean turning into a fat sh&t though, it means have a rest form training and keep yourself in decent nick. If he is a fat sh^t as his coach I would hammer the cr@p out of him.

            • January 17th 2013 @ 2:13pm
              allrounder said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

              who says he’s fat? he just needs to build up a bit of cardio.

              thats what pre season training is for

              • January 17th 2013 @ 2:41pm
                Justin2 said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

                You are right I should have said if he is fat. Hard to tell from the pic as his waistline isnt clearly visible. I hope he is in decent nick. He should be regardless of his break, thats my main point.

              • January 17th 2013 @ 2:44pm
                Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

                U may not be able to see his gut in the pic but u can see his guns are back lol. Last year there were occasions where he had tuck shop lady arms.

            • January 17th 2013 @ 3:00pm
              jameswm said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

              Totaly agree with J2 here. I’ve got no issue with a break. But if you’re an elite, professional sportsman, a break means some light training to keep yourself in at least half-decent shape, and eating reasonably well. It does not mean eating junk food for 5 weeks, drinking, and slothing.

              You can’t start a preparation phase in any sport totally out of shape. You set yourself back say 4 weeks, just to get into the shape you should have been in when you reported back for training. It’s amateurish.

              Look at someone like David Rudisha. He probably has 4-6 weeks off at the end of the season, but do you think he eats junk, drinks, packs on the kilos and gets out of shape? No way.

              Beale should keep eating quite well, and do some light training. That means some gym work and some running, even if it’s only lighter stuff a couple of times a week. Or swim, which covers both a bit, great for fitness.

              And the Rebel/Wallaby considitoning team need to keep tabs on him, because he’s got a history of getting right out of shape quickly when injured/on a break.

              Anyway, hopefully Beale’s done this, and was just half-jokingly talking himself down. He doesn’t strike me as the type who would be in great aerobic shape at the best of times.

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:19pm
                allrounder said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

                he looks in decent shape, a lot better than this time last year but of course if you remember he tore a hammy at the rwc and wouldn’t have been able to run in last years off season.

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:27pm
                rl said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

                cry me a river allrounder – James Horwill had a far worse injury, and he looks ready to tear someone a new one over 15 full rounds. There is absolutely no excuse for the condition in whcih Beale returned. (ditto Drew Mitchell)

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:32pm
                Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

                Allrounder agree he looks in great shape and also agree the hammy would have played apart in his fitness last year, but what about the shape he was in after his shoulder injury half way through the year. He seemed to be getting back to peak fitness before that but undid all the work in that one month spell on the sidelines.

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:51pm
                allrounder said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:51pm | ! Report


                whats your problem exactly?

                beale looks in fine shape at the moment and i’m sure horwill had of course lost fitness from his hammy in the first couple of months bteween the time of injuring it and returning to trraining

                drew mitchell????? are you angry when players get injured and need to recover or something????

                psycho much?

                jutsie lets not kid ourseleves, players may lose a bit of fitness after an injury but frankly us fans should be hesitant to call a player fat or criticise their fitness when you only need to go to a game and see most fans to relaise these elite athletes would still run rings around most of us with a month off from training.

                lets refrain from exagerating things to the point we’ve lost all perspective on a fair cop. players getr injured and they need time to get their fitness back. some more than others and beale seems to be one that needs more time to recover. they are humans not robots.

              • January 17th 2013 @ 6:23pm
                rl said | January 17th 2013 @ 6:23pm | ! Report

                So what you are saying is its completely excusable that both Beale and Mitchell can return to the Wallabies (that’s our national rugby team right, the one who sings our anthem and then plays against the teams from other nations) looking like they each swallowed a sheep. No problem here.

              • January 17th 2013 @ 8:07pm
                allrounder said | January 17th 2013 @ 8:07pm | ! Report

                no i’m saying they are human beings and need time to recover from injuries and they need an off season… it s only 4 or 5 weeks nowadays

              • January 18th 2013 @ 6:27am
                mania said | January 18th 2013 @ 6:27am | ! Report

                gotta agree with allrounder here. its funny that couch potatoes comment on the fitness levels of prime athletes. and how a player looks is only an indication of how well they can play. so what if he has or hsnt cannons?!? too much man love for his bi ceps. the muscle that counts is the top 2 inches.
                these wallabies have an increadibly long season 9-11 months of the year. they shouldnt be peaking in the first 2-3 months of the season else they’ll have nothing left at the TRC and EOY.

              • Roar Guru

                January 18th 2013 @ 7:29am
                Who Needs Melon said | January 18th 2013 @ 7:29am | ! Report

                I agree with mania. The issue is more why players are selected for the Wallabies so soon after an injury when they are not yet at full fitness.

                Cue the comments about Beale and Drew at 80% still being way better than the rest, the awful injury toll, the cupboard was bare, etc…

              • January 18th 2013 @ 7:34am
                mania said | January 18th 2013 @ 7:34am | ! Report

                yeah melon tho in the case of drew coming back early i reckon it was a case of desperate blind hope that he could make a difference and find his world class form from 2010. must say that the gamble worked when deans brought back palu so early tho but that was a fluke.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 10:01am
                rl said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:01am | ! Report

                Well we are in desperate agreement on one thing – players do need a reasonable time to come back from injury. Beale was allowed a reasonable time for a professional elite athlete to recover – but didn’t hold up his end of the bargain. But they foolishly picked him anyway. And chucked in a little side bet on Mitchell too. So I’m certainly not in the “an 80% Beale is better than the rest” camp.

                But I just LOVE the rationale that we fans shouldn’t be critical of their appearance because they’d still run rings around us – ummm, I don’t know if there’s any other way to break this to you, but it’s not the fans they are playing against once the nice part with the music and singing stops.

                Here’s another irrational ‘couch potato’ observation for you – doesn’t matter how smart you are in the top 6 inches (I don’t know where you get 2 inches from BTW mania? šŸ˜® ), if you are prematurely fatigued due to lack of fitness those top 6 inches will make the bad decisions or basic skill errors. That doesn’t ring true for Beale though does it? He was fat AND fantastic on return, right?

              • January 18th 2013 @ 10:57am
                mania said | January 18th 2013 @ 10:57am | ! Report

                top 2 inches is a commmon saying rl. its not literal.
                and beale and mithcell was a gamble . it worked for palu. life is risk vs reward.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:05am
                rl said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:05am | ! Report

                Common in your neck of the woods perhaps. Where I am, its always been the top 6 inches, or the 6 inches between your ears. (you aren’t in Tasmania are you?)

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:13am
                mania said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:13am | ! Report

                rl – argue semantics all u want your avoiding the point and being petty. the gamble was justified because deans was desperate. palu was a good gamble, beale and mitchell werent. dont talk to be about colloquialism till u have something intelligent to contribute to the argument

              • January 18th 2013 @ 12:25pm
                rl said | January 18th 2013 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

                Mania, I’m not sure you even gave me the opportunity to avoid your point, but my viewpoint (albeit an apparently unintelligent one) is that being desperate doesn’t justify his selections, as despite the mounting injury list he did have other options.

                But its really, really easy from where I sit – that’s why Robbie is paid the big coin, to make the big calls.

                (I am BTW starting to see why ‘mania’ is an appropriate handle)

              • January 18th 2013 @ 12:37pm
                mania said | January 18th 2013 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

                rl – really? bringing up psedonyms now? yes much better and poignant response. i could say that rl stand for really lame, but i’ll leave the pettiness to u.
                btw i dont live in tasmania but i dont see what that has to do with the argument

                deans took a gamble. he was desperate because of all the injuries. he failed in that regard, but i would’ve bet on mitchell coming back and finding form. mitchell is an intelligent player who is worth the risk, brains beats brawn always. its a shame his fitness was worse off than most other playes coming back from injury. palu was worth the risk and he paid off but your not giving deans any credit for getting that right.

              • January 18th 2013 @ 12:40pm
                mania said | January 18th 2013 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

                rl – btw i’m not a deans fan. never forgave him for screwing over cullen. ok i am a little as he’s helped ab’s by initially winning back the bledisloe then contributing to them holding on to it for 10 years straight

              • January 18th 2013 @ 1:17pm
                rl said | January 18th 2013 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

                Credit for Palu? Sure. And in Robbie’s defence, he has to rely on the word of the individual player and the advise of his medical staff. But I did comment at the time of the team selection that Mitchell was a massive risk of re-injury because he just didn’t appear to look fit enough to be considered. ‘Big ups’ to me.

                As I alluded to before, its a damn sight harder to do his job than to be to be me furiously disagreeing with you over a keyboard.

                I didn’t know that background to Cullen – great, great player.

      • January 17th 2013 @ 2:01pm
        Justin2 said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

        Yeah that caught my eye. The says the rest of the team look good so he is hopeful of a good year from them, or words to that effect.

        How about you become a leader Kurtley and get as fit as a fiddle and show the others what it takes to be world class. He is 24 now, time to grow, his next 3-4 years should be his peak.

        • January 17th 2013 @ 2:10pm
          Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

          pics of beale and o’connor at training with the storm


          He doesnt look in that bad a shape , kurtley is a pretty affable bloke i thinkhe is just talkin his teammates up and himself down

          • January 17th 2013 @ 2:12pm
            Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:12pm | ! Report

            he looks in better shape than i ever have thats for sure lol

            • January 17th 2013 @ 3:56pm
              allrounder said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

              i see you see reason and logic.

              i doubt i’ve evr been in as good as shape as he is now and heres to hoping he gets as fit as ever for the lions!!!

              • January 17th 2013 @ 9:54pm
                Justin2 said | January 17th 2013 @ 9:54pm | ! Report

                Your shape is relevant how exactly?

              • January 18th 2013 @ 9:50am
                allrounder said | January 18th 2013 @ 9:50am | ! Report

                J2 stop being argumentative for argument sake.

                ‘in shape’ is a common term regarding someone’s fitness you bogon

              • January 18th 2013 @ 11:09am
                rl said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:09am | ! Report

                Ahh, J2 – from experience suggest you stop at this point to save yourself the frustration…

              • January 19th 2013 @ 9:04am
                Justin2 said | January 19th 2013 @ 9:04am | ! Report

                Bogon? What’s that?

          • January 17th 2013 @ 2:42pm
            Justin2 said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:42pm | ! Report

            Good to see JOC has given up the woeful hair cuts šŸ˜‰

            • January 17th 2013 @ 2:55pm
              Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

              trust me mate this one is the worst of all, ive seen the side view of it in another pic, its a bleached undercut/small ponytail number lol

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:13pm
                Justin2 said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

                Sounds “delicious”, as Bruce McAveny would say!

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:24pm
                RebelRanger said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

                Its pretty bad but I’ll take any haircut if the guy can manage to hold down a position.

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:29pm
                rl said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

                If JOC can play well enough I’d almost (almost) accept eye-shadow…

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:29pm
                SkinnyKid said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

                are we talking about haircuts?

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:33pm
                Jutsie said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

                Lol SK its all a bit of fun. Cant always have serious discussions (lets be honest who can take JOC”s haircuts or choice of suits seriously anyway)

              • January 17th 2013 @ 3:59pm
                RebelRanger said | January 17th 2013 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

                NZers (not including myself of course) have been accepting Nonus eyeliner and rainbow dreads for years.

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