18 July 1990 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb)|
|Position||Centre, Wing, Fullback|
As of 3 March 2018
Gerard Beale (born 18 July 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the New Zealand Warrios of the National Rugby League. A New Zealand national and World All Stars representative, Beale primarily plays on the wing, centre and fullback. Beale previously played for the Brisbane Broncos, the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks where he won the 2016 NRL Premiership.
Of Māori descent, specifically the Ngāti Ākarana Iwi (tribe), Beale was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 18 July 1990. He played his junior rugby league for Logan Brothers before signed to play professionally for the Brisbane Broncos. Beale is a cousin of All Black great Zinzan Brooke. Beale played for the Brisbane Broncos NYC team in 2009-2010.
In Round 9 of the 2009 NRL season, Beale made his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles as a last minute replacement for Karmichael Hunt at fullback in the Broncos 22-20 loss at Suncorp Stadium. This was Beale’s only match for the Brisbane Broncos in the 2009 NRL season.
In Round 9 against the Melbourne Storm at the club's first match at their new home ground AAMI Park, Beale scored his first NRL career try off the interchange bench in the Broncos upset 36-14 win. Beale finished the Brisbane Broncos 2010 NRL season with him playing in 10 matches and scoring 2 tries. In October 2010, Beale played for the Junior Kangaroos.
In May 2011, Beale switched his eligibility allegiance to New Zealand. Beale was named in the New Zealand Kiwis 19th-man Squad to play Australia in the annual ANZAC Test match at Gold Coast's Cbus Super Stadium, however did not play in the match. In the Semi Finals match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium, Beale accidentally kneed retiring Broncos legend Darren Lockyer in the cheek while catching a high ball near the end of the match, Lockyer later kicked the winning field goal in golden extra time to win the Broncos the match 13-12. This resulted in Lockyer’s last Broncos match after he missed the Broncos 26-14 preliminary Final loss to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at SFS. Beale finished the Brisbane Broncos 2011 NRL season with him playing in all of the Broncos 27 matches and scoring 10 tries. Beale was named in the New Zealand Kiwis Squad to play in the Four Nations Tournament in the UK. Beale made his international debut for New Zealand against Australia at Hunter Stadium on 28 October 2011 playing as centre. Beale played in all of the Kiwis 3 matches in the tournament scoring two tries against Wales in the Kiwis 36-0 win at Wembley Stadium.
On 3 April 2012, Beale signed a 3-year contract with the St George Illawarra Dragons, starting from the 2013 NRL season. Beale finished his last year with the Brisbane Broncos in the 2012 NRL season with him playing in all of the Broncos 25 matches and scoring 8 tries. On 13 October 2012, Beale was selected to play on the left wing for New Zealand in the October test against Australia at Townsville's 1300SMILES Stadium in Queensland. Beale scored a try in the left corner in New Zealand's 18-10 loss.
In Round 1 of the 2013 NRL season against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park, Beale made his club debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons at fullback in the Dragons 30-10 loss. In Round 5 against the Newcastle Knights at Jubilee Oval, Beale suffered a season ending knee injury in the Dragons 19-16 win. Beale finished his first year with the St George Illawarra Dragons in the 2013 NRL season with him playing in 5 matches.
In Round 1 against the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium, Beale scored his first club try for Dragons in the 44-24 win. On 2 May 2014, Beale was selected to play for New Zealand at centre in the 2014 ANZAC Test match against Australia in the Kiwis 30-18 loss at SFS. Beale finished off the 2014 NRL season with him playing in all of the Dragons 24 matches and scoring 11 tries. On 7 October 2014, Beale was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis final 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations. Beale only played in 1 match in the tournament which was in the Kiwis 30-12 victory against Australia at Suncorp Stadium. On 19 November 2014, Beale signed a three-year deal with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, starting from 2015.
On 23 January 2015, Beale was named in the Sharks 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad. In Round 1 of the 2015 NRL season, Beale made his club debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks against the Canberra Raiders at centre in the Sharks 24-20 loss at Shark Park. In Round 8 against the Penrith Panthers, Beale played his 100th NRL career match in the 26-18 loss at Penrith Stadium. In Round 22 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Beale scored his first club try for the Sharks in the 30-18 win at Shark Park. Beale finished his first year with the Sharks with him playing in all 26 matches and scoring 2 tries.
On 29 January, Beale was named in the Sharks 2016 Auckland Nines squad. On 1 April 2016, there were rumours that Beale was going make a shift to the Melbourne Storm early into the season but the Sharks were not keen on granting an early release. On 6 May 2016, Beale played for the New Zealand Kiwis against Australia, playing at centre in the 16-0 loss at Hunter Stadium. As the Sharks progressed in the finals, Beale was shifted from centre to the interchange bench to act as the Sharks main interchange utility. On 2 October 2016, in the Sharks 2016 NRL Grand Final match against the Melbourne Storm, Beale played off the interchange bench in the Sharks historic 14-12 win, ending the drought of their first ever premiership win in their 49 years in the NRL at ANZ Stadium. Beale finished the Sharks successful 2016 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 5 tries. On 4 October 2016, Beale was selected in the New Zealand Kiwis final 24-man squad for the 2016 Four Nations. Beale played in 2 matches in the tournament and scored 2 tries which were scored in the Kiwis shock 18-18 all draw against Scotland at Derwent Park.
In February 2017, Beale was selected in the Sharks 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad. On 10 February 2017, Beale played for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2017 All Stars match, starting at centre in the 34-8 loss at Hunter Stadium. In Round 14 against the Melbourne Storm, Beale played his 150th NRL match in the 18-13 loss at Shark Park. On 8 September 2017, Beale signed a 3-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors, starting in 2018. Beale finished his last year with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks with him playing in 21 matches and scoring 7 tries in the 2017 NRL season. On 5 October 2017, Beale was named in the 24-man New Zealand Kiwis squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. In the Kiwis first pool match against Samoa, Beale suffered a broken leg during the second half of the Kiwis 38-8 win at Mt Smart Stadium, unfortunately ending his tournament early and to miss the early rounds of the 2018 season.
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