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Beale ready to play through pain

28 February 2013 06:32

Melbourne Rebels fly-half Kurtley Beale has been cleared to play in Friday's Super Rugby encounter against the Waratahs.

But the 24-year-old has revealed he will need surgery to repair his troublesome shoulder later in the year.

Beale, who dislocated his left shoulder in Australia's win over England last November, aggravated the injury against the Brumbies last weekend.

He has recovered sufficiently to take his place at starting fly-half this weekend and plans to play through the pain until at least the end of the Lions tour in early July before going under the knife.

"It definitely requires surgery but I think we'll worry about that later on in the year," Beale said at Sydney airport on Thursday.

"I think I've got some footy games ahead of me if the shoulder pulls up fine after each week.

"The Lions tour is obviously a big target and I think combining the Wallabies and Rebels medical staff I think I'm in really good hands in trying to rehabilitate my shoulder to get it stronger."

Beale declared the match against his former club is 'just another game' but admits he's 'excited and pumped' to return to Allianz Stadium.

But he isn't expecting any compassion from his former team-mates.

"I'm all clear, I had a couple of good runs earlier in the week and tested it and it's all good," he said.

"I might do a few hits on it today just to test it out, I know the NSW pack will be targeting me there so it'll be good to get a few hits on it.

"I definitely (expect to be targeted), that's what happened last weekend and that's probably why the injury happened.

"I'm just excited to be back in Sydney, playing against my old team back at Allianz Stadium. Hopefully we can see a lot of entertaining rugby and not so many boos."

Asked if he's likely to defend at full-back in order to protect his dodgy shoulder, Beale replied: "We've got a plan in place and obviously at times I might drop out the back ... but in saying that I'm the number 10 and I'll defend in the number 10 spot and I'll try and do everything I can to put my body on the line for my team-mates.

"We've got a big job to do tomorrow night, we've got a good strategy in place to hopefully cope with their big forwards and some of their speedy backs out wide.

"After a disappointing second half last week against the Brumbies hopefully we can stay fully fit for the full 80 minutes and put in a really good performance against the Waratahs."

Meanwhile, giant Waratahs lock Sitaleki Timani has been ruled out of the match with a corked leg and will be replaced on the bench by young gun Greg Peterson.

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