Beale expects Foley to return at fly-half

Date published: February 29 2016

Waratahs utility back Kurtley Beale expects Bernard Foley to start at fly-half when he returns to action from a shoulder injury.

Foley sustained the injury in the Sydneysiders' last Super Rugby warm-up game against the Highlanders and during his absence, Beale started at fly-half in their 30-10 victory over the Reds in their tournament opener on Saturday.

Tahs head coach Daryl Gibson said last week that starting Beale at ten and playing Foley off the bench was always the plan when Foley returned from a stint in Japan shortly after helping Australia in reaching last year's Rugby World Cup Final.

Beale, however, believes his stay at pivot is temporary and that he won't wear the number ten jersey for the rest of the season.

"When Bernard does come back, I think he'd be slotting straight back into that 10 jersey," Beale told The Canberra Times. 

"He's a quality player and I think my combination with him is working wonders. 

"I feel good there at the moment."

Reds head coach Richard Graham also had much praise for Beale's performances.

"I think he's one of the best players in the world at actually assessing situations, summing up the opportunities, getting the space," he said.

"His impact at this level and international rugby is top-class."

Beale now shifts his focus to their meeting with an experienced Brumbies outfit this weekend and said he would like to start every game this season.

"I think every player likes to start and be in that first XV, no doubt, and that's something I'll be looking to do this year," he explained.

"Hopefully later on down the track things will fall into place.

"They [the Brumbies] are a great team and have got some quality players all over the park. 

"They are the talk of the Australian conference and they've got all the experience [and] they've got all the attacking threat so they proved in the game against the Hurricanes." 

The Waratahs will be up against the Brumbies at the GIO Stadium in Canberra on Friday.