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Gerard Beale

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Broncos' Gerard Beale the bolter for Kiwis

Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/4947260/Broncos-Gerard-Beale-the-bolter-for-Kiwis

A cousin of All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke, who played for the Junior Kangaroos only last year, is the bolter in the Kiwis squad to be named tonight and almost unseated veteran fullback Lance Hohaia from the side to face Australia.

Australian-born Brisbane utility Gerard Beale, who continued his dashing form for the Broncos with a two-try performance in Friday's 20-12 defeat of the Bulldogs, will be the Kiwis' standby player for the Anzac test after switching allegiance to New Zealand.

Selectors formally name the side tonight but it is understood Beale came close to edging out Hohaia from the starting fullback role for the test.

Kiwi selectors are conscious of finding a long-term successor for Hohaia, who has signed to play for St Helens in England from next season and selection convener Howie Tamati talked last week of a succession plan.

It's thought Beale may be named in tonight's squad of 18 or 19 players, but won't figure in the side unless there are injuries this weekend but he is seen as a long-term prospect for the Kiwis and a substantial gain from Australia.

Beale, 20, played for Australia against New Zealand in last year's junior international series after breaking his arm on debut for Brisbane last May. He bulked up in the off-season and has been a regular for the Broncos in the injury-absence of another Kiwi-qualified fullback, Josh Hoffman.

Other team news involves a call-up for Melbourne's Matt Duffie, a recall for Warrior Sam Rapira and the likely withdrawal due to a wrist injury of former skipper Roy Asotasi, who was expected to figure in the frontrow.

We Lose Kyle Stanley but gain Gerard Beale, Looks like Duffie will be making his debut
 
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Northern_Union

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Isn't Beale the brother of the joker that plays for the Australian union side?
 

NEWBIE_old

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So if Foran is out Beale to Fullback with Hohaia backup hooker, and Fein to halfback, or would the selectors call up Heremaia to play back up hooker I really hope not
 

Spence_old

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That would be the most logical thing. Anyone heard how bad the injury was?
 

a.c.e_old

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I think Inu would have been better because of the way hes been going this season and his experience in the NRL and international.
 

edguy_old

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So if Foran is out Beale to Fullback with Hohaia backup hooker, and Fein to halfback, or would the selectors call up Heremaia to play back up hooker I really hope not

hahaha herimud? they not that stupid surely
id give nafe a bench spot.and before u laugh krishnan inu debuted in tests afteronly playing one nrl match .
 

Spence_old

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I thought Heremaia was good yesterday. First half anyway. They really need to bring Mara on sooner.
 

edguy_old

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agreed , why mara doesnt come on the last 10 minutes of the first half is mind boggling? also wtf was matt elliot thinking ..nafe comes on when the game was pretty much over , and sparked 2 trys..to late mate ..
 

edguy_old

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Kiwis bombshell Beale told The Courier-Mail how a trip "home" to his late mother's native Chatham Islands, off the New Zealand coast, sparked his secret change of allegiance last week.

The Broncos' stand-in No.1, who twice represented the Junior Roos last year, was the shock face in a 19-man Kiwi squad alongside a second rookie, Storm flyer Matt Duffie.

Brisbane-born Beale, a cousin of All Blacks legend Zinzan Brooke, is expected to remain on standby with Warriors veteran Lance Hohaia expected to earn the fullback spot.

"I woke up to a phone call from Tony Kemp (NZRL football director) and thought I was still dreaming," Beale beamed.

"It's such a buzz. It's just a dream ... I'm so rapt, I'm stoked. It's all smiles."

Both of the 20-year-old's parents, his deceased mum, Laurise, and Christchurch-raised father Mick, are New Zealanders.

"Steve Kearney (Kiwi coach) rang me up to see the reason why, and I told him, because it meant more and it just felt right," Beale said.

"Even though I was born in Brisbane, all my family is from New Zealand, and I still call it home."

squad casualties P70
 

Spence_old

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agreed , why mara doesnt come on the last 10 minutes of the first half is mind boggling? also wtf was matt elliot thinking ..nafe comes on when the game was pretty much over , and sparked 2 trys..to late mate ..

Sparked two tries, really? I'm not hating on the kid, but I think you're looking at it with rose-tinted glasses mate.
 

edguy_old

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just after he came on they scored 2 trys? i rest my case...lol

do u not like nafe because he left?
 

Spence_old

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When did I say I didn't like Nafe? I think he's awesome. I just think you're making a bit too big of a conclusion.
 

Fazz_old

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Spence is right. Nafe came on and was very good, but honestly the refs had as big of a hand in those tries as he did. One came off a forward pass remember.

As much as it pains me to say, yesterday....Nafe>Mara :(
 

edguy_old

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mara supposed to have a licence to run ..did he run at all yesterday?
 

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