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Beale in line to start against England

TROUBLED Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale could replace outside centre Tevita Kuridrani for the Test against England at Twickenham on Sunday morning (AEST).

Kuridrani, 23, suffered an ankle injury in Australia's three-point loss to Ireland on the weekend and will be in a moon boot for the next five weeks.

It is a cruel blow for the Brumbies representative, who enjoyed a breakout season.

Beale (pictured), who was fined $45,000 last month for sending crude text messages about a former Wallabies staffer, is an option to start for Kuridrani.

Beale replaced Kuridrani off the bench against Ireland.

Kuridrani's injury has also opened the door for Adam Ashley-Cooper to move back to outside centre, the position he played in the Waratahs' Super Rugby championship-winning this season.

If Ashley-Cooper moves from the wing to outside centre, that could leave Joe Tomane and Rob Horne battling for the vacant wing spot.

The Wallabies have won just one Test in Europe this year, and another defeat will equal their worst Spring Tour since 2005.

Despite this, Ashley-Cooper said his side was building well for next year's World Cup under new coach Michael Cheika.

"Even though we've copped a couple of blows over the last couple of weeks, longer-term, bigger-picture I think we're in far better shape than we were at the start of the tour," he said. "We're a team that is certainly developing and growing."



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