Kurtley Beale has signed with Australian Rugby, committing to a two-year deal with the ARU and NSW Waratahs until the end of 2019.
The 28-year old has returned to Australia following a season with Wasps in England, to reunite with his Waratahs and Wallabies teammates.
A veteran of 60 Test caps, Beale was still eligible to play for Australia even if he decided to play his club rugby abroad.
“It’s great to be heading back to Australian Rugby. I’m really looking forward to getting back home to the NSW Waratahs but also hopefully pull on the gold jersey later this year as well,” Beale said.
“I think the best place for me and my rugby right now is in Australia and I love what Cheik (Michael Cheika) is doing with the Wallabies.
“l have to say thank you to Wasps, though, for the opportunity they have given me and my partner and I have learned a lot about rugby and myself. It’s been a great experience,” Beale said.
Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: “It’s great for Australian Rugby that we have Kurtley coming back to play his footy on home soil.”
“Even though he’s only been gone a year, it’s a very different Wallabies team now but he will have an important role to play for Australia and the Waratahs as well.
“He has obviously learned a lot from his time overseas so I’ll be looking for him to help the team reach higher standards this year,” Cheika said.
Beale grew up in Mount Druitt in Western Sydney before representing Australia at Schoolboys and U20 level. The star utility has played for both NSW Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby.
Position: Utility back
Super Rugby debut: 2007 v Lions
Super Rugby caps: 124 (110 Waratahs, 14 Rebels)
Super Rugby points: 518
Test debut: 2009 v Wales
Test caps: 60
Test points: 118