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Beale's Test spot hinges on inquiry into assault

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Paul Mulvey

Testing times ... Kurtley Beale's inclusion in the Wallabies squad rests on the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry.

Testing times ... Kurtley Beale's inclusion in the Wallabies squad rests on the outcome of a disciplinary inquiry. Photo: Getty Images

KURTLEY BEALE appears to have overcome the first hurdle but an internal disciplinary inquiry could still stand between him and selection for Australia's second Test against Wales.

Beale trained with the Wallabies reserves and a group of local schoolboys in Melbourne yesterday as he attempts to return to the Test side following minor shoulder surgery.

The fullback-turned-five-eighth did not appear to be troubled by the shoulder in the non-contact session, while the majority of the starting side that beat Wales in Brisbane last Saturday trained in the Visy Park gym.

But his return to the side to be named today for Saturday's second Test in Melbourne could come down to an Australian Rugby Union inquiry into his alleged involvement in an assault at a Brisbane pub last week.

While awaiting a police investigation into the attack, in which Beale allegedly assaulted a bouncer while out with injured teammate Quade Cooper, the ARU is conducting its own inquiry.

If cleared on fitness and disciplinary fronts, Beale would come back into the team on the bench, at best, after Berrick Barnes's authoritative display at five-eighth in the 27-19 first Test win.

Coach Robbie Deans has indicated he will stick to the first Test starting side, with Barnes at five-eighth and Adam Ashley-Cooper at fullback, keeping Beale on the bench.

Skipper David Pocock expects a much tougher Wales than the side that forced its way back from 20-6 down to 20-19 with 17 minutes to go in the first Test.

''They're a classy side and they wouldn't have been happy with last Saturday night,'' Pocock said.

''We're well aware we'll be up against a much improved and hungrier Wales side this week.''

Despite the impressive turnaround following last Tuesday's 9-6 loss to Scotland in Newcastle, Pocock said the Wallabies still had a lot of work to do.

''Some things were a bit rusty and we're definitely not where we want to be,'' he said.

''But what you did see is a willingness to work for each other.''

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