Beale thanks Wasps after overcoming 'dark days'

Kurtley Beale spoke of his gratitude for Wasps helping him through the "dark days" of injury after starring on his long-awaited debut.

Man-of-the-match Beale opened the scoring and made major contributions in attack and defence in Sunday's 32-17 win over Connacht in the European Champions Cup, having spent the first seven months of his Wasps career overcoming a torn patellar tendon.

The Australia international was also sin-binned in the first half at the Ricoh Arena for a high hit on Connacht wing Niyi Adeolokun, but was ecstatic to finally get on the pitch in the black and gold.

"It has been a long time coming," said Beale.

"It was a very special moment to get out there playing for my new club and contributing the way I did. I had a little bit of a taste of everything, really!

"Of course there are doubts, and nerves kicking in. It was important that I didn't get carried away with the whole occasion. Overall, it is exciting to be back doing what I love.

"I have been very lucky. Wasps have been fantastic supporting me through the tough times.

"They have made my welcome here very settling so I have been able to concentrate on my rugby and try to get back to the form I was in before the injury.

"There have been some really dark days, and I am just relieved that I have come out today and done my job for the team."

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