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Rebels rest Beale for Super Rugby warm up clash

Kurtley Beale will be rested for this week's Super Rugby warm up match

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Article Published: Friday 1 February 2013|

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Melbourne Rebels head coach Damien Hill has opted to rest Kurtley Beale for Saturday's Super Rugby trial at North Hobart Oval against the Waratahs.

Hill made the call on the starting fullback after a training session yesterday, which he felt was in the best interest of the player and the club.

"Last year Kurtley trained and played for 43 weeks straight, and we want to ensure he has a solid base before he begins what will be a huge year for him and for Rugby in Victoria," said Hill.

"He has travelled with the squad to North Hobart and will have an active role on game day."

The resting of Beale has presented the opportunity for the relatively unknown Melbourne born Schoolboy, Kemu Valetini.

Valetini was part of the historic Australian Schoolboy side's win over New Zealand in Christchurch late last year, as well as playing for the Rebel Rising Team (Rebel B Team) while still at Hallem Secondary School.

Valetini was notified Thursday evening of his call up, although Team Management did struggle making contact with the 18 year old prodigy.

"I don't have a mobile, so when mum came and told me I was going to Tasmania I could not believe it," said Valetini.

"I have been able to train with the team in the off-season as part of the Rebels Rugby squad, but never thought I would have had the chance to play this year.

"To get an opportunity to play alongside all these great players is a huge honour for my family and I.

"I can play a few positions, so where ever I get a chance I will do my best."

Valetini has lived in Melbourne his entire life with his five brothers and two sisters, and is a strong representation of the momentum in the Victorian Schoolboy system.

Damien Hill said that Valetini has been on the radar of the Rebels coaching staff through his schoolboy performances and throughout his development in the Rebel Rugby Program, a program specifically tailored to turn young Victorian Rugby talent into Rebels.

"Kemu has consistently been one of Victoria's best players in the junior state teams over the years, and last season with the Rebel Rising. We are looking forward to seeing him step up to another level," said Hill.

"He is an extremely skilful player for his age. He has the ability to play every position in the backline, and is an exceptional goal kicker."

 
 
 
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