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Waratahs fly half Kurtley Beale plans to work overtime in the gym so that he will be fit to play for the Wallabies on their end of year tour after injuring himself in training.


Beale was named as the best Australian under 20 player in the Super 14 on Friday but he had trouble handling the $5000 cheque that was the prize as he broke his right hand at a weights session early in the week.


The injury rules him out of immediate rugby and he will not be able to play for Sydney team Norths this season.


The injury comes at a bad time for Beale as he was only a week away from returning to the field after recovering from tearing ankle ligaments while playing for the Waratahs in their Super 14 final loss to the Crusaders.


“It’s frustrating,” Beale said of the setback.


“I knocked it in the gym and will need to have an operation so doctors can put a pin in my hand.


“But I’ll be back in the gym as soon as possible to get some conditioning in case I am selected for the Wallabies’ spring tour of Europe. I have to work hard on the rehab.”


Much was expected of Beale in the Super 14 and towards the end of the tournament he found form and was crucial to the Waratahs charge towards the final where they faced the Crusaders.


Beale described playing in the Super 14 final as “awesome” – but admitted the defeat left him feeling deflated.


“To get there was terrific,” he told The Sun-Herald.


“As a team we had one goal and we worked very hard to achieve it together. And while we didn’t get there, we came so close.


“It was so good in just my second year to play in such a big game because I learnt plenty from it.”


Beale joined the Waratahs as a schoolboy superstar and said that he thrived on the camaraderie in the camp.


“It was a great experience ‘ we have a great bunch of boys and everyone helped each other,” he said.


“It was really special to have a guy like Timana Tahu join us this season. He added a lot.”


Beale beat his Australian under-20 World Cup captain David Pocock for the award.


“That’s what makes this a real honour, ” he said.


“Australian rugby has plenty of talented young blokes, they all have great futures. I was shocked to win it, but I’m happy.”


Last year Beale won a new car after being named the most valuable player in the Australian Rugby Championship while playing for the Western Sydney Rams.

 

Super14.com

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