Wallaby star Kurtley Beale has signed a new deal with the ARU that will keep him in Australia until after the World Cup.
The controversial playmaker endured an up and down year during which he helped the Waratahs to a maiden Super Rugby title before being suspended by the Wallabies over the text message incident that saw team manager Di Patston step down.
After missing the end of the Rugby Championship, Beale was recalled to the international set-up at the end of the year, joining up with the squad in Europe.
And that has led to a new one-year deal that will ensure he is available for the Rugby World Cup at the end of the year.
“I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and am grateful to the ARU and Waratahs for the opportunity to continue my career here in Australia,” Beale said on Friday.
“With the Rugby World Cup coming up, I’m looking forward to getting back out there and playing some good rugby for the Waratahs and hopefully getting selected for the Wallabies.”
Michael Cheika, Beale’s coach at the Waratahs who took over as Wallabies boss after Ewen McKenzie resigned in October, welcomed the news of Beale’s new deal.
“Kurtley made a fantastic contribution to the 2014 campaign and I am sure he will be better again in 2015,” said Cheika
“I am looking forward to getting the best out of him again over the next 12 months.”