31 May 2012

Some hope for Beale

6:52 am on 31 May 2012

Kurtley Beale may yet play test rugby next month, but uncertainty clouds the return to action of his injured Wallabies captain James Horwill.

Lock Horwill will seek advice from Australian and overseas specialists on a troubling hamstring injury, but Beale's shoulder problem isn't as bad as first feared.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said on Monday that backline star Beale would miss the four June tests against Scotland and Wales due to a shoulder injury.

Beale, who suffered the damage while playing for Melbourne against the Hurricanes last Saturday, underwent minor washout surgery later on Monday in Melbourne.

He will continue his rehabilitation when he joins the Wallabies camp in Brisbane next week, following Tuesday's test against Scotland in Newcastle.

A Wallabies spokesperson says there is some hope the gifted back might yet play a part in the three-test series against Six Nations champions Wales later in June.

The news isn't so positive for Horwill, who will miss the four June tests and won't know when he will be able to play again until consulting specialists.