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Beale charges a lesson: Connolly
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Wallabies coach John Connolly said an alleged drink driving charge against Waratahs wonderkid Kurtley Beale would not damage his selection prospects for the national team.
Beale, who turned 18 three weeks ago, pleaded guilty to drink driving while unlicensed last month according to a report on the Seven Network today.
He had reportedly been charged by Mt Druitt police after blowing twice the legal limit, later pleading guilty and being fined $1500.
Connolly, who earmarked the electric but green five-eighth as a potential squad member for this year's World Cup at the Australian season rugby launch last week, backed Beale to bounce back.
"I think he's just a young guy and he's made a mistake,'' Connolly told AAP tonight.
"I'm sure he will be a lot smarter for it, it will have no impact whatsoever (on his Wallaby selection prospects).
"It probably brings home to him very much the attention that is paid to the young sports stars these days and I'm sure he regrets every minute of it.
"But I'm sure he'll be a lot smarter in the future. It's a good lesson for the young man. Hopefully it's a bit of a reality dose for him.''
Beale, who has impressed in pre-season trials for the Waratahs, is expected to make his Super 14 debut for NSW against South African team the Lions in Johannesburg this Saturday (AEDT).
The NSW Rugby Union told Seven it could not confirm the story and a spokesperson later declined to offer comment to AAP, saying the player was a juvenile when he was charged.
The Waratahs were also unable to confirm whether or not Beale had been disciplined internally.
They did however say Beale, who was named on the bench for the Lions clash, would travel to South Africa with the team.