Kurtley Beale named in Wasps line-up for Connacht clash

Australia utility back Kurtley Beale has been named in the Wasps team for Sunday's Champions Cup tie against Connacht
Australia utility back Kurtley Beale has been named in the Wasps team for Sunday's Champions Cup tie against Connacht
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Australian international Kurtley Beale is all set to make his debut in the English Premiership after he was named in the Wasps line-up for the European Champions Cup clash against Connacht on Sunday.

The utility back was signed by a whopping £700,000 deal to become one of the biggest signings in the Premiership history but was sidelined with a tendon injury for almost six months which he sustained while playing for his former Super Rugby side Waratahs.

However, after successfully undergoing rehabilitation period, the 27-year-old was named in the XV as Wasps look to upstage the Pro 12 champions.

Wasps boss Dai Young is confident that Beale can create significant impact in both Aviva Premiership as well as European Champions Cup.

"I have been really impressed with Kurtley's work ethic since he arrived. He's worked his socks off to get back and he has fitted in brilliantly with the squad," Young said.

"We all know how talented a player he is, but he's also very humble and keen to develop further, which makes him a pleasure to work with.

"It was important to wait until he was feeling confident in his knee and his fitness, and it's great he's in that place now after being back in training with the squad for three weeks.

Wasps will also be boosted with the return of England internationals Joe Launchbury and Nathan Hughes.

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