Jason Little (69)
Beale's form fell away at the start of the RC. He's a confidence player (as so many of our players are). We got pumped by NZ and then he got forced to 10 where he would inevitably perform poorly.I’m not saying I wouldn’t prefer it. I’m saying I can’t see Cheika going that way. What do I know though.
I will say IMO Cheika is between a rock and a hard place. Combination is about as important as player ability. The most settled combo he has is Foley & Beale. Would I prefer him to pick To'omua & Kerevi. Absolutely. Do I think they would be seamless against England. Absolutely not. For the last test of the year do you rr
Is it a problem if his own making - well, yeah - to an extent. But I really can’t blame him for the dearth in 10s in Australian rugby and I also think he could justify backing Beale up until the last 5 months or so.
The bloke needs a break and some Super rugby to get his mojo back. I don't see any benefits in playing him against England.