Back to the future for Wallabies

The Wallabies are looking at a schoolboy prodigy to take over from flyhalf Stephen Larkham.

Wallabies coach John Connolly said that Kurtley Beale is a future star of the Australian team, and that he could make next years’ World Cup in France with Australia.

Seventeen-year-old Beale, who has been fingered as a long-term replacement for flyhalf Stephen Larkham, impressed during his first training session with the Wallabies, Connolly said.

“He’s got an outstanding schoolboy record and it’s about time we had a look at him,” Connolly said of his decision to bring Beale into the Wallabies three-day training camp ahead of Australia’s Tri-Nations match against New Zealand on July 8.

“He’s just great with the ball at 17 – he’s 18 in January – it’s an area in Australian rugby where we’re definitely searching for replacements for Steve Larkham in the long term and he’s one guy who’s been mentioned.”

Connolly said it was possible Beale could join the Wallabies’ tour of Britain, Ireland and Italy later this year, adding that the schoolboy could be 32-year-old Larkham’s back-up for the World Cup.