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France's Racing 92 sign up Wallabies fullback Beale

FILE PHOTO: Australia's Kurtley Beale during training, Ebetsu, Japan, September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

(Reuters) - France’s Racing 92 have signed experienced Australia and New South Wales Waratahs fullback Kurtley Beale, with former Wallabies lock Luke Jones also heading to the Paris-based club for next season.

Beale, who has won 92 caps since his test debut in 2009, returned to Australia after a year at English club Wasps in 2017 but struggled at the Waratahs before this Super Rugby season was suspended in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Racing 92, who were third when the 2019-20 Top 14 season was brought to a halt at the start of March, announced the 31-year-old’s signing in a squad update on social media.

Jones spent three years at Bordeaux before returning to the Melbourne Rebels last season in a failed bid to force his way back into the Wallabies squad for the World Cup.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford

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