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Thursday, June 19, 2014

SYDNEY - Kurtley Beale is a victim of his own class and experience as the one-time World Player of the Year nominee continues to bide his time on the Wallabies bench.

Already well aware of what Beale brings to the table, coach Ewen McKenzie says it's for the greater good of the Wallabies to fast-track Australia's emerging Test stars for the challenges ahead.

The looming Bledisloe Cup series with the All Blacks and next year's Rugby World Cup in England are firmly in McKenzie's sights.

Hence why he's happy to leave Beale cooling his heels for Australia's third and final Test against France in Sydney, with NSW Waratahs teammate Bernard Foley retaining the playmaker's role for Saturday's match at Allianz Stadium.

"When you look at the guys on the bench, they've got a lot of experience.

"We need to continue to invest time in the guys that we have picked in the backline, in particular."

McKenzie said Beale remained integral to the Wallabies.

"KB does a good job changing the nature of the game, particularly late when everyone's a bit tired," he said.

""So we're pumping experience in."

McKenzie said Beale's selection on the bench was no different to the Wallabies' second-row situation.


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