Kurtley Beale has turned the corner, say Australia coach Robbie Deans
Last Updated: June 3, 2013 11:07am
Australia coach Robbie Deans has insisted that the "future is bright" for Kurtley Beale after the troubled full-back returned to training.
Beale has completed a two-week rehab to deal with alcohol-related issues - with the Rebels ace having been stood down twice already this season.
However the 24-year-old has now been invited to train with the Wallabies ahead of the three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions.
And Deans told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Kurtley took ownership of his future and you can see it in him. I don't want to talk it up to that end, but we are talking about his life here and him as an individual.
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"The game is an aside. Those decisions (Wallabies selection) are totally separate and they'll be made in due course. The important thing is personally I believe Kurtley can actually see the light.
"He has turned the corner, most evidenced by the fact he took the initiative. I've got no doubt his future is bright."
Beale played the full 80 minutes for his Randwick club against Sydney University on Saturday - however Deans believes he will learn more from watching him in training.
"I've had feedback from a number of quarters, but to be honest it's not a big deal to me in the first instance," Deans said.
"We'll probably get more out of watching him move through this week. That will give us a greater insight."