Many concluded that he’ll miss the rest of the World Cup, and possibly the first few months of pre-season training, with his new club, the New Zealand Warriors.
However, new scans have revealed that the outside-back has been dealt a cruel blow which will see the 27-year old not return to the paddock until Round 9 of the regular season.
Unfortunately, Beale will have to wait six months to complete the agonising recovery process.
A frustrated David Kidwell has been left with Dean Whare and Pete Hiku to fill in Beale’s shoes, for the remainder of the tournament.
“It’s a broken leg… he [made] a try-saving tackle and he was limping, we checked him out and they said it was a hematoma on his lower leg, then obviously after the scrum [a couple of minutes later] he tried to take off and broke his leg,” Kidwell said.
An unfortunate Beale enjoyed premiership success with Cronulla, before inking a deal to link with Stephen Kearney’s Warriors, and to head back home to be closer to his family.
The broken leg is a slap in the face to Stephen Kearney, who will be forced to rule Beale out of his strategic plan for the first few months of the season.