| 13.3°C Belfast

Beale back for Wallabies


Kurtley Beale is in Australia's side to face Wales in the third Test

Kurtley Beale is in Australia's side to face Wales in the third Test

Kurtley Beale is in Australia's side to face Wales in the third Test

Troubled full-back Kurtley Beale has been rushed into the Australia starting line-up for Saturday's third and final Test against Wales at Allianz Stadium.

Beale, who was charged with common assault last week following an alleged altercation at a Brisbane hotel a fortnight ago, has been sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered while playing for Melbourne Rebels last month.

The reigning John Eales Medalist has not played for the Wallabies since suffering a hamstring strain in the third place play-off against Wales at the World Cup last October.

His return sees Adam Ashley-Cooper shift to the right wing, while the only other change to the starting line-up sees Sitaleki Timani start at lock in place of Rob Simmons, who drops to the bench.

Cooper Vuna has been axed to accommodate Beale's return, while the decision to opt for five forwards on the bench sees last week's hero Mike Harris also drop out of the 22.

"It has been frustrating for Kurtley, and he's obviously had some off-field challenges to deal with as well, but it was important for all concerned that he had full confidence in his shoulder before we looked at re-introducing him to the Test arena," Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said.

While the James Bevan Trophy is already safely in the Wallabies' keeping, Deans is expecting another tough challenge from the Six Nations champions in Sydney.

"Wales are a very good side. They give you nothing and they take their scoring chances. They showed that in the Six Nations, and they showed it again last weekend," Deans said.

"Both games in the series to date have been very close, there's no reason to suggest that Saturday afternoon will be any different. If anything, they will be even more dangerous because the circumstance will unshackle them.

"While they can no longer win the series, they can still achieve something only one other Welsh team has ever achieved by winning in Australia. And they have that opportunity in front of them with no real downside , nothing to fear, so to speak, as the series is beyond them."