Sydney - Wallaby back Kurtley Beale has been
ruled out of Super Rugby for up to a month with a fractured hand, his
Melbourne Rebels team said on Monday.
The Rebels fly-half is
expected to undergo surgery after scans on Monday revealed a fracture to
his left hand that will keep him out for three to four weeks, a team
Beale was already playing in the Super Rugby with an
injured left shoulder, which is likely to require surgery at the end of
the domestic season that includes a three-Test series against the
touring British and Irish Lions.
He suffered the latest injury in the Rebels' bonus-point loss to Waratahs on Friday.
Beale said he would use the time off to work on his troublesome shoulder.
"I will try and focus on getting the shoulder right and get that back to full strength," Beale said.
"I need to do a lot of strengthening work around the rotator cuff so hopefully the time out will give me the opportunity."