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Cheika: I Was Never Going To Be Kurtley Beale’s Social Worker

Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika insists that he hopes that the team can help Kurtley Beale regain support for the right reasons rather than be “maligned for the wrong ones”.

Beale is named as a replacement against Ireland for the first time since having been dropped over the text message controversy and questioned whether he was the person to put Beale back on track, the Waratahs Super Rugby winning coach said that no player is going to 100% perfect.

“When he came to the Waratahs I never claimed I was going to be his social worker. I’m just a rugby coach. So, honesty, straightforwardness, directness, putting him exactly in the picture of what’s required and what’s not needed, and I’ve found that that works to get the best out of him and also a really good, honest relationship.

“No one’s ever going to be 100% perfect, me included, there’s no doubt there. But if you’re honest more often than not and it’s in the open, then you can usually get a resolution. There’s no excuses for what happened and I know that in the time that he was with us in the Waratahs he was impeccable, but there’s still no excuse for what happened.

“It was inappropriate, he’s been through that process and got himself back on track now, and fit, and he’s over here to play, and hopefully we’ll be able to help him regain a bit more support for the right reasons, and not be maligned for the wrong ones.”

Beale met up with the rest of the squad last Sunday having spent time in Australia getting fit. Cheika stated that he would have to be fit to be available for selection and having impressed in training he has been picked him on the bench this week due to his versatility. While the talk remains of an a fine, yet to be paid, Cheika hopes that the attacking threat the combination he and Quade Cooper bring off the bench, will help defeat the reigning 6 Nations Champions.

“I didn’t know he hadn’t paid his fine. I look after the footy things. So I’m sure that will get looked after. There is certainly no one trying to cheat the system. I’m not sure if that is the inference or not but there is certainly none of that going on. The man did the wrong thing, went to the tribunal, is now available, he’ll pay his fine and he will play his rugby. It’s really simple.

“In relation to kicking him on the bench, I can talk a bit easier about that. I just thought that we needed a bt of cover on the back, gave us a few more options around fulback, around centre, if we wanted to play him there. And I like the combinations that I saw at training this week between himself and Quade, coming off the bench predominantly and thought that would be a nice little attacking weapon towards the end of the game.”

Cillian O Conchuir, Pundit Arena.

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