Date: May 29 2012
Kurtley Beale could yet play Test rugby next month, but uncertainty clouds the return to action of his injured Wallabies captain James Horwill.
Lock Horwill will seek advice from Australian and overseas specialists on a troubling hamstring injury, but Beale's shoulder problem isn't as bad as first feared.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said on Monday that backline star Beale would require surgery and was expected to miss the four June Tests against Scotland and Wales.
Beale underwent surgery yesterday would no longer require an operation on the injury he suffered while playing for Melbourne against the Hurricanes last Saturday.
Beale will continue his rehabilitation when he enters the Wallabies camp following next Tuesday's Test against Scotland in Newcastle.
The spokesperson said there was some hope the gifted back might play a part in the three-Test series against Six Nations champions Wales later in June.
The news wasn't so positive for Horwill, who will miss the four June Tests and won't know when he will be able to play again until consulting specialists.
"Initially it's probably worse than what we were hoping," said Horwill, who described the injury he suffered against the Brumbies last Saturday as a freak incident.
"There's a couple of guys here in Australia and we're also trying to get some advice from people around the world about what the best course of action is."
Horwill has no prior knowledge of hamstring injuries.
"I've never torn my hamstring, I'm not fast enough to do that mate," Horwill joked.
"I got caught awkwardly in a clear out and two guys got me and I guess it was the wishbone-type injury where my leg was trapped and it sort of got bent back and got put in an unnatural position.
"I felt a bit of a pop in the back of my leg, so that's when I knew something wasn't right."
With Horwill and Dan Vickerman both injured, 101-cap veteran Nathan Sharpe is the only seasoned second rower in the Australia train-on squad.
Of the five other locks named in the squad, Horwill's Reds teammate Rob Simmons has won 16 caps, the Melbourne duo of Hugh Pyle and Cadeyrn Neville and the Waratahs' Kane Douglas have all yet to play a Test and NSW giant Sitaleki Timani has made just one international appearance.
Horwill felt 23-year-old Simmons had a huge future.
"Rob Simmons in the last month or so has been in fantastic form for the Reds," Horwill said.
"He's a guy that I think will really push on with more Tests under his belt, so I'm expecting big things from him.
Reds utility back Ben Lucas was added to the train-on squad on Tuesday after completing some fitness requirements.
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