Kurtley Beale set off to join his Wallaby team-mates on Saturday, saying he wants to redeem himself after fearing his Test career was over.
Kurtley Beale left to join his Wallaby team-mates on Saturday, saying he wants to redeem himself after fearing his international career was over.
Beale received a call-up to link up with Australia for the last two games of their November tour after being left out for disciplinary breaches.
Waratahs inside centre Beale has not played for Australia since the Wallabies’ loss in Cape Town against South Africa on September 27.
On the ensuing flight to Argentina, Beale had an argument with then Wallabies business manager Di Patston, which quickly descended into a major scandal engulfing the Australian Rugby Union and leading to the resignations of Patston and Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie.
Beale was fined for sending an offensive text message to Patston and sanctioned again later for being rude and disrespectful to Wallaby management, with the player admitting he feared his Test career might have been over following the latest saga in his off-field troubles.
“There was some dark days and obviously that did cross my mind,” Beale told reporters at Sydney Airport ahead of joining the Wallabies, who France in Paris on Saturday.
“But I think throughout the whole process, there’s been a lot of belief and faith shown in me and that’s definitely helped me go through it all and I’m very thankful for that.”
He said there was an element of redemption about his belated call-up to the squad.
“If you get the opportunity, obviously you always want to go out there and prove not only to everyone out there, but yourself, you can bounce back from what I’ve been through,” he said.
“Definitely, I feel like I have to show the Australian public what I can do out there and, if I can, show that through some good performances and, hopefully, I can repay that faith.”