Beale ruled out of Super semi
Sydney - The Waratahs suffered a major blow ahead of this weekend's Super Rugby semi-final against the Highlanders when centre Kurtley Beale failed a fitness test on Thursday.
Beale suffered a quadricep injury practising kicking before the reigning champions' final game of the regular season and was always doubtful for Saturday's match at Sydney Football Stadium.
The 26-year-old has been a key member of the Waratahs side over the last two years, alternating at first receiver with flyhalf Bernard Foley and helping to unleash the team's potent backline.
Matt Carraro will fill the inside centre role against the in-form Highlanders after recovering sufficiently from breaking his thumb when he stood in for Beale against the Reds two weeks ago.
There was better news for Wallabies winger Rob Horne, whose comeback after suspension was in doubt because of a calf problem.
He passed a fitness test and will line-up on the left wing.
15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13
Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Carraro, 11 Rob Horne 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick
Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis
(captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes (from): 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy
Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Patrick
McCutcheon, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Jono Lance, 24 Peter Betham
Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12
Richard Buckman, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8
Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Mark Reddish,
4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edwards
16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Joe
Latta, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Shaun