Injured Beale sidelined from Super 15

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.

Australian Wallabies full back Kurtley Beale scores a try during the 2011 Rugby World Cup match against the US at Wellingtonon September 23, 2011. Beale has been ruled out of Super Rugby for up to a month with a fractured hand, his Melbourne Rebels team said.

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 spokesman said.

Beale was already playing in the Super 15 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 NSW 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."

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