20 Jun 2013

Beale to start Lions test off bench

6:08 am on 20 June 2013

It appears that the wayward Wallabies star Kurtley Beale will return to international rugby from off the bench this weekend in the first test against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane.

After returning from rehabilitation for his alcohol issues, Beale is expected to be among three underdone Wallabies to be eased back into international action in Saturday night's test at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium.

The training formations also suggest that Berrick Barnes has the inside running for the Wallabies fullback jersey, and Israel Folau seems set for his test debut on the right wing.