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Beale thanks Wasps after Connacht win for helping him through 'dark days'

The Australian starred on his return from a serious knee injury.

Kurtley Beale on his Wasps debut.
Kurtley Beale on his Wasps debut.

KURTLEY BEALE SPOKE of his gratitude for Wasps helping him through the “dark days” of injury after starring on his long-awaited debut.

Man-of-the-match Beale opened the scoring and made major contributions in attack and defence in today’s 32-17 win over Connacht in the European Champions Cup, having spent the first seven months of his Wasps career overcoming a torn patellar tendon.

The Australia international was also sin-binned in the first half at the Ricoh Arena for a high hit on Connacht wing Niyi Adeolokun, but was ecstatic to finally get on the pitch in the black and gold.

“It has been a long time coming,” said Beale.

“It was a very special moment to get out there playing for my new club and contributing the way I did. I had a little bit of a taste of everything, really!

“Of course there are doubts, and nerves kicking in. It was important that I didn’t get carried away with the whole occasion. Overall, it is exciting to be back doing what I love.

“I have been very lucky. Wasps have been fantastic supporting me through the tough times.

“They have made my welcome here very settling so I have been able to concentrate on my rugby and try to get back to the form I was in before the injury.

“There have been some really dark days, and I am just relieved that I have come out today and done my job for the team.”

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