Digby Ioane says Beale primed for Wallabies

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Last updated 16:19 21/06/2012

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Wallabies winger Digby Ioane says fullback Kurtley Beale is primed for a big performance in his return Test against Wales in Sydney on Saturday.

Beale has an assault charge hanging over his head but has been cleared to make his playing return after overcoming a shoulder injury.

The Wallabies boast a potent and experienced back three for the dead-rubber Test at Allianz Stadium, and Ioane says Beale instills confidence in the Australian attack.

"When you play beside him he's one of those guys that can read the game really well, so working off Kurtley he can actually put you through gaps," said Ioane on Thursday.

"That's why I like playing alongside him.

"He's ready. Today he was training the house down.

"I'm looking forward to playing with him again."

Wallabies captain David Pocock said earlier in the week that at 2-0 up, he'd like to see the side add some more fluency to their attack in the final match - before players return to Super Rugby.

Although the Rugby Championship is still a few weeks away, Ioane said it was important Australia continued to lay a solid foundation for the upcoming Tests against southern hemisphere powerhouses New Zealand and South Africa, as well as Argentina.

The match-winner from game two in Melbourne, Mike Harris, has been dropped for the third Test and Ioane said that gave some indication of the growing depth in the Wallabies squad.

"Definitely. We've been without guys like Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor and these other guys are coming through, which is good for Australia," Ioane said.

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