BATH, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Kurtley Beale of Wasps breaks with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Wasps at the Recreation Ground on March 4, 2017 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

​​Kurtley Beale’s return home to play for NSW and the Wallabies has been celebrated as a significant win for Australian rugby, on and off the field.

Beale announced overnight he would be leaving English club Wasps at the end of the Aviva Premiership season to head back to Sydney to pursue a 2019 World Cup spot.

Having not received an official acceptance from Beale of their contract offer, the early morning news was a happy surprise to Australian officials and formalities were swiftly completed.

Beale has recommitted to the ARU and Waratahs through to end of the 2019 season, and will return after Wasps’ season finishes up in May.