Waratahs coach not ruling out Beale return

By Darren Walton, Darren Walton is a Roar Guru

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    NSW coach Michael Cheika has left the door open for Kurtley Beale to return home to Sydney – but strictly on Waratahs’ terms.

    While Cheika insisted his priority was on retaining key players, including code-hopping Israel Folau, and that he had made no contact with Beale, he said the troubled Wallabies star was an obvious talent.

    “There’s no doubt about the guy as a player,” Cheika said on Tuesday as Beale and his Melbourne teammate Cooper Vuna returned to Australia after being sent home from the Rebels’ South African tour following their weekend altercation in Durban.

    “He’s a superbly skilled player and I can see that.

    “(But) I’ve never had anything to do with him. I wouldn’t know what his interaction with a person like me would be, but that would only come if I met him one day and talked to him.

    “For me, it’s a moot point at the moment because he’s not a person I’m talking to. The main guys I’m talking to are my own players that I’m re-signing.”

    With Beale’s future with the Rebels and Wallabies in the balance, pending the outcome of separate disciplinary processes being conducted by the Rebels and the Australian Rugby Union, Cheika said it was too early to say if the 24-year-old backline ace would be back at the Tahs next season.

    “Obviously he’s had a rough weekend so I’m not sure where that’s going to fall,” he said.

    Ex-NSW and Australian teammates have made no secret of their desire to have Beale back at the Tahs.

    “Players are different because they’re mates with him, they’ve hung out with him and they know him very well,” Cheika said.

    Asked if Beale – who has a history of alcohol-related misdemeanours – would fit back in at the Waratahs, Cheika said: “I wouldn’t have a clue”.

    “We’ve got certain values that go with our organisation that mean on-field and off-field behaviour and everyone has to apply to those values.

    Vuna’s fate is expected to be decided within the next couple of days but, with the accusations against Beale more serious, his case will take considerably longer to complete.

    After making a surprise appearance at Waratahs training on Tuesday, rugby league legend Brad Fittler said Beale had the talent to make a successful code switch.

    “Kurtley, he is from rugby league,” Fittler said.

    “He is a pretty good athlete. He’d be good. He is a good athlete in general. He would be good at most sports if he started it young enough.”

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    The Crowd Says (16)

    • March 27th 2013 @ 8:29am
      Jonny Boy Jnr said | March 27th 2013 @ 8:29am | ! Report

      The Tahs should take him back…to scrub the toilets

      • March 27th 2013 @ 9:09am
        mania said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:09am | ! Report


    • March 27th 2013 @ 8:56am
      RugbyRene said | March 27th 2013 @ 8:56am | ! Report

      As a long time Tahs season member I have one word for you Michael:


    • March 27th 2013 @ 9:00am
      Mals said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      What did Cooper Vuna do besides back up his captain? Does being a punching bag deserve a plane trip home??

      • March 27th 2013 @ 10:36am
        Ryanno said | March 27th 2013 @ 10:36am | ! Report

        TWITTER. Good on him for defending his captain but tweating about is beyond stupid.

        • March 27th 2013 @ 12:25pm
          ScrumJunkie said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

          I hate that he tweeted it, but in the sick world the rebels managment are forced to live in, we would have never heard about it otherwise. Vuna would quietly be sent home, and KB would play this weekend.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 9:14am
      Billy Bob said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:14am | ! Report

      Look on the bright side – now the Rebels are as popular as rugby league in Sth Africa.

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      March 27th 2013 @ 9:30am
      B-Rock said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:30am | ! Report

      KB will get another chance, the Rebels need him more than he needs the Rebels.

      Despite his off field issues, every Aust team would sign him in 5 seconds flat. Sure, there would be a behavioural clause in there (which he would take no notice of) which would give the team some contractual flexibility.

      Despite recent form he is one of the 5 most talented rugby players in Australia. All he needs is focus and direction.

      The impact on the morale and chemistry of the team is the bigger issue. This tends to be forgotten very quickly however – look at QC… A couple of decent games and all appears to be forgiven.

      • March 27th 2013 @ 11:23am
        peterlala said | March 27th 2013 @ 11:23am | ! Report

        All he needs…

      • March 27th 2013 @ 11:30am
        maximillian said | March 27th 2013 @ 11:30am | ! Report

        sad but true B Rock. A player of his immense talent is often afforded a lot more leeway in regards to off field issues so he will probably get a slap on the wrist & nothing more. The Rebels are already struggling on the field as it is so cant afford to lose a player of his ability. The sad thing is, Im not convinced a minor penalty will help KB change his ways & deal with his off field issues. if he doesnt get them under control, i fear he will never fulfill his potential to become 1 of the all time greats for Australia.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 11:57am
      nickoldschool said | March 27th 2013 @ 11:57am | ! Report

      Not resigning Beale was the biggest mistake Tahs management made in terms of recruitment in the last few years. If they get a second chance, yes they should get him back.

      Reckon Cheika is the kind of bloke who would tell things straight at their first meeting. Easily picture him grabbing Beale by the shirt (Before he is shirtless!) if he misbehaves.

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