• Kurtley Beale has been backed to return to the Wallabies 
  • Beale has not played since 2021 
  • He has shown his exceptional leadership at the Force 

Rugby legend Mils Muliaina has backed Kurtley Beale for a Wallabies return, with the veteran tipped as a ‘fantastic’ mentor for Joe Schmidt’s young squad.

Beale has revived his rugby career in Perth after being found not guilty on serious court charges earlier this year, with the fullback impressing at the Force.

Fellow fullback Muliaina, who won the World Cup with the All Blacks and played 100 Tests, believes Beale has plenty to offer the Wallabies squad and should be selected for the first time since 2021.

‘He’s fantastic,’ Muliaina said of the 95-Test star via Wide World of Sports. 

‘What he’s done is actually brought a little bit of that flair and understanding of ‘hey, we’ve got to have a go here.’ 

Kurtley Beale has been backed to make a return to the Wallabies

Kurtley Beale has been backed to make a return to the Wallabies

Beale has not played since 2021 but has impressed for the Force

Beale has not played since 2021 but has impressed for the Force

‘There’s no use having a backline that is going to just kick the ball back and defend. But they’ve also got a balance in terms of their ability to be able to kick and be steady.’

Beale has worked well in tandem with Force and Wallabies five-eighth Ben Donaldson, and Muliaina believes it is no coincidence. 

‘What we have noticed is the real maturity about that backline and perhaps that’s Donaldson as well, having Kurtley’s influence there, but the morale of the group as well,’ Muliaina said.

‘Higher honours? Absolutely. I know there’s a lot of guys in competition but why wouldn’t you have Kurtley in the Wallabies squad? Someone of his experience to bring these guys through and nurture them.’

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