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Beale gets a reprieve for Boks
Beale gets a reprieve for Boks

Kurtley Beale looks to have won a reprieve and will start at full-back in the Nelson Mandela Challenge against South Africa at Patersons Stadium on Saturday.

Beale was dumped to the bench for the humiliating 22-0 loss to New Zealand after his poor performance in the first Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks.

Quade Cooper lined up at fly-half at yesterday's training even though he was far from impressive in the Eden Park defeat.

Scrum-half Will Genia, centres Berrick Barnes and Adam Ashley-Cooper and wingers Dom Shipperley and Digby Ioane make up the back line.

Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore and Benn Robinson will start in the front row, with Nathan Sharpe and Sitaleke Timani packing in behind. Radike Samo is expected to start at No.8, with Michael Hooper and Dave Dennis completing the back row.

Western Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan has been called into the squad as cover for Genia and Nick Phipps.

Force speedster Nick Cummins, who can play centre and wing, is a possibility for the reserves bench.

If he is named it would cap a remarkable year for the Cummins family. His father Mark was named Queensland's Father of the Year after he raised eight children, two who suffer with cystic fibrosis, became a single dad five years ago and dealt with the murder of his brother.

Nick Cummins' auntie Margie was the 2012 Biggest Loser winner after dropping 73.2kg to 85.9kg.

"It would cap off a good week. It's up for me to do something good now," Cummins said.

"It would be awesome to get a gig here in front of the Force fans."

Cummins came close to pulling on a Wallabies jumper three years ago when he was called into camp but on the opening day of training, his birthday, his foot was shattered, needing three screws.

He was back in the squad that travelled to South Africa the following year but didn't get the nod from selectors, however he won a Commonwealth Games silver medal with the Australian Sevens side.

Sharpe said getting over the Boks forwards was a "non-negotiable".

"We have to do that but also play very clever rugby. Tactically they are very astute, execution under pressure is good. They will have a strong set piece," he said.

"There's plenty for us to do in terms of getting things right."

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