The only short-term solution to the Kurtley Beale dilemma is to twin him with a minder he admires.
Mark or Glen Ella both had plenty to do with Kurtley as a teenager and there might be a fit with one of those fine former Wallabies.
The other course I’d suggest is getting him out of the Melbourne Rebels environment where his friends are too weak to help him.
As Wallabies coach Robbie Deans wades through his options for his initial 25-man squad to prepare for the British and Irish Lions, Beale’s name features prominently for all the wrong reasons.
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This exceptionally gifted player has again fallen victim to the drink and his new one-game suspension is hard yards for everyone.
Playing makes Beale happy. He makes fans happy watching his precious skills and the team he plays for is stronger. The allure of drink also makes him happy, too happy.
Rugby cannot toss Kurtley away. His talent puts him among 11 “must” selections in the starting XV for the first Test in Brisbane on June 22.
Beale, Digby Ioane, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, James Horwill, Dan Palmer, Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander are the core. It’s then that the big decisions arrive.
Fullback is a contest between the green Israel Folau, the talented but selfish James O’Connor and the improving Jesse Mogg.
To counter the high kicking game of the Lions Folau is needed. The winger to complement Ioane’s power game has to have real speed.
Opportunities against the Lions may be limited so that pace and the right attitude in Joe Tomane fits the bill for me. Settling on the blindside flanker and jumping lock are tough decisions.
Dave Dennis is durable and calls the lineouts, while Scott Higginbotham is extremely physical. Dennis’ lineout calling may get him the jersey.
Liam Gill’s versatility as a player who jumps, tackles, carries and cleans out is a real asset so Higginbotham could miss out in the mix.
Big Reds lock Rob Simmons has muscled up, with his maul defence outstanding. Hughie McMeniman has it all but lack of durability has cost him many caps and Simmons may tip him out of a lock spot.
Inside centre is the trouble spot to dissect on another day but you must have the right man there beside Quade Cooper, who is the best flyhalf by a mile.
To play the Lions the Wallabies will need size and attitude, but the competitive edge is skill and speed. Kurtley Beale has both but needs a unique support system to allow him to do what he loves to do – play.