Dai Young on Kurtley Beale being back in the mix
Speaking about Beale’s return to full-training over the last couple of weeks, Dai Young said:
"First of all, Kurtley is really excited. It has been difficult for him as you can imagine. There was a lot of fanfare about us signing him and then unfortunately he got injured, which was then surrounded by questions of was it going to be a three-month, six-month or nine-month injury?
"Coming to a new club on the other side of the world injured has been difficult for Kurtley really, and it is a long rehab process.
"In fairness to him, he has got his head down and worked his socks off.
“Kurtley has been so focused on getting fit and is desperate to be out there playing for us. He has been fantastic around the training ground since he arrived - very similar to George [Smith] last season.
“For someone the players have seen on TV a lot and who has so many international caps, he is so humble and has fitted in brilliantly. He’s truly a world class player, who is up there with the best of his generation, and yet he talks to anybody and is interested in what other people's roles are at the club.”
Young continued: "Kurtley is really excited about being back in full training and about getting involved. He has got a couple of sessions to get through yet (this week), but we are pretty confident that he will have some involvement on the weekend.
"If he is looking extremely confident with everything, then we will probably start him, otherwise we will put him on the bench. That is hoping he does not get any reaction through training, but at the moment, he is not having any of that so fingers crossed he will be available."
"It will probably take him a little bit of time to settle into our patterns and get his sharpness back, but some of the touches he has done in training already, there is no denying the quality he possesses. He is a world-class player, without a shadow of a doubt.” Wasps are playing Pro 12 Champions Connacht in back-to-back games in the European Champions Cup, with the first leg kicking off at 1pm this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family to enjoy, with free fairground rides in the Wasps Nest Fan Village, as well as 80 mins of European rugby! Tickets are available from £15 with Under 10s going free. Wasps.co.uk/tickets
The squad then travel to Galway to take on Connacht on Saturday 17 December, 5.30pm kick off.