‘You’re never going to have a squad of choirboys’ – Young

Date published: August 26 2016

After Kurtley Beale’s arrival at the Ricoh Arena, Wasps director of rugby Dai Young says that he is not worried about the player’s past.

The Wallabies utility-back has a long list of transgressions but Young says he was told by advisors in Australia that Beale was in a better place.

“Of course we thought about what happened in the past, but we’re not all the same. You’re never going to have a squad of choirboys,” Young said.

“Kurtley, by his own admission, went through bit of a bad phase, which he regrets. He knows it wasn’t very professional but he says he’s completely changed.

“I can only judge on what happens in our environment and after the two weeks he’s been with us, he’s been absolutely first class.

“People in Australia who I trust have told me he’s a changed man and is far more professional now. I don’t see us having a problem with him.

“He’s a world class player with the ability to create and finish things. He can play across a number of positions internationally.”