24 Aug 2013

Beale confirms Waratahs return

7:18 am on 24 August 2013

The Australian utility back Kurtley Beale has confirmed he'll return to the New South Wales Waratahs next season after a turbulent two years at Super Rugby rivals the Melbourne Rebels.

The 24-year-old has signed only a one-year contract to remain in Australian rugby.

Beale, who spent two weeks this season in a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol-related issues, made it clear he was keen on a return to Sydney to be closer to family and friends.

His attacking spark and versatility would be regarded as central to the Wallabies' hopes at the 2015 World Cup in England, but will need to impress on and off the field if he's to re-sign with the Australian Rugby Union and play at the tournament.

Beale had shoulder surgery after the third-test loss to the Lions in Sydney in July and will be sidelined for the rest of the year.