Wallabies star Kurtley Beale looks set to make his comeback from shoulder surgery in the Waratahs Super Rugby warm up trial match against his former club the Rebels.
Beale left the Rebels in Melbourne last season and has rejoined his first Super Rugby club the Waratahs in Sydney.
The Waratahs play their first Super Rugby pre-season match in Albury against the Rebels on February the 1st.
Sydney club the Waratahs are unlikely to have Adam Ashley-Cooper, Michael Hooper and Israel Folau available for the opening trial match as they only returned to training last week.
Waratahs assistant coach Daryl Gibson has confimed that Beale will play in the first trial.
"Kurtley has come through the pre-season very well. I've been impressed with him," Gibson told AAP.
"He's steadily got better and better and I think, as the confidence has grown with the shoulder, he's really getting stuck into the contact now.
"He's very fit. He's in very good shape."
Beale looks set to battle for the number 10 jersey with Bernard Foley as Gibson says the Waratahs are unlikely to move Folau away from fullback on a permanent basis.
"Israel Folau has had such a stellar year at fullback and, in my opinion, he's one of the best fullbacks in the world and we'd be loath to shift him from that position," Gibson said.
Gibson said that former Reds utility back Jono Lance is being considered as an inside centre primarily.
"We think along with Rob Horne, we've got two blokes who are contrasting different inside centres and that will serve us well for the type of games we want to play," Gibson said.
Lance says that he is happy to play at centre for his new Super Rugby franchise.
"I played a lot at fullback in the Reds and that's something that I enjoyed doing, but I see myself as more of a centre," Lance said.
"You get your hands on the ball a bit more often, so that role for me coming down here is something I want to take with both hands."