Posted: 7 September, 2012 by The Grill Team

James Horwill Defends Kurtley Beale's Selection To Face The Boks

Injured Wallaby skipper James Horwill defends Robbie Deans' inclusion of controversial player Kurtley Beale in the team to face South Africa.

Tags: James Horwill, Wallabies, South Africa

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Wallabies beat Boks in the Rugby World Cup last year, Getty Images

Injured Wallaby skipper James Horwill has defended the inclusion of controversial player Kurtley Beale in the team to face the Boks.

"Kurtley is such a unique X Factor player...Kurtley is the best guy we have back there at fullback," Horwill told Triple M Brisbane and guest presenter Powderfinger's JC.

"He gives you that other option coming in to first receiver if Quade is used up at the breakdown and gives you the option both sides of the ruck," Horwill added.

Horwill admitted that Beale hasn't been playing his best recently but his long-serving service to the Wallaby jersey should grant him another crack.

Filling in for Greg Martin was Powderfinger's JC who wanted to know whether the two tough games against the All Blacks would help the Wallabies against the Boks.

"The New Zealanders certainly propose a different prospect to what the South African do," Horwill replied adding it's something we've got to be "wary off".

"I'm expecting the South Africans to probably play tight a lot in the forward, I'm expecting them to kick a lot turning our guys around and making us play out of our zone squeezing us for points," Horwill added.

South Africa have won 41 of the matches against the Wallabies with just one draw. However the last time the two teams met Australia took home the win with a 11-9 win in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup in NZ last October.

Ref: N Owens (WRFU), Assistant Refs: G Jackson (NZRU) and W Barnes (RFU), TMO: M Goddard (ARU)

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Wallabies Team

  • Kurtley Beale
  • Dominic Shipperley
  • Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • Berrick Barnes
  • Digby Ioane
  • Quade Cooper
  • Will Genia (c)
  • Radike Samo
  • Michael Hooper
  • Dave Dennis
  • Nathan Sharpe
  • Sitaleki Timani
  • Ben Alexander
  • Tatafu Polota Nau
  • Benn Robinson

  • Bench

  • Saia Fainga'a
  • James Slipper
  • Scott Higginbotham
  • Liam Gill
  • Nick Phipps
  • Mike Harris
  • Anthony Fainga'a

Springboks Team

  • Zane Kircher
  • Bryan Habana
  • Jean de Villiers (c)
  • Frans Steyn
  • Francois Hougaard
  • Morne Steyn
  • Ruan Pienaar
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Willem Alberts
  • Marcell Coetzee
  • Juandre Kruger
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Jannine du Plessis
  • Adriaan Strauss (vc)
  • Tendai Mtawarira

  • Bench

  • Tiaan Liebenberg
  • Pat Cillers
  • Flip van der Merwe
  • Francois Louw
  • Johan Goosen
  • Pat Lambie
  • Lwazi Mvovo

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Tags: James Horwill, Wallabies, South Africa

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