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Kurtley Beale given the rest of the year off

Kurtley Beale is expected to announce that he has re-signed with the Waratahs soon

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Article Published: Friday 26 July 2013|

Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale has been given the rest of the year off by new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie and told to have an operation on his shoulder and come back fit and healthy next year.

Beale has had a difficult year in rugby and was suspended twice by his former Super Rugby franchise but was recalled by then Wallabies coach Robbie Deans and played in all three Tests against the British and Irish Lions.

Beale has been carrying a shoulder injury for a while and with the Rugby World Cup two years away McKenzie has given him time off to get the injury sorted out.

"It's pretty simple, Kurtley's had a shoulder injury for more than a year now," McKenzie told Reuters.

"As a result, he's missed some football. I've been talking to the medical side of the business and there's a lot of guys carrying damage.

"When you're carrying a shoulder injury for a long period of time it has an impact on your game. We felt the best thing for him was to get it fixed.

"By doing it now it allows him the opportunity of a pre-season and then he can play a lot of Super Rugby and be 100 percent to play test football next year," added McKenzie.

Beale has won 39 Test caps with the Wallabies but was told at the end of the season that he was not wanted for next season by the Melbourne Rebels.

The fullback is expected to re-sign with his former New South Wales team the Waratahs in the coming weeks.

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