Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale expecting aerial pressure

Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies is tackled. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Wallabies fullback Kurtley Beale knows he'll be tested under the high ball at the World Cup after he failed to perform against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday.

Facing an aerial assault from Aaron Smith and the All Blacks, Beale struggled in the wet and readily admits there are several lessons he'll be taking away from the game.

Taking over the No. 15 jersey following Israel Folau's sacking, Beale brings a different feel to the role with his experience in playmaker roles at fly-half and inside centre, while his superior kicking game provides a different dynamic to the backline. But Folau's superior aerial abilities cast a shadow over the fullback.

"I know there was a few errors there from myself with the box kicks and wet weather footy, forced some passes," Beale said. "There's a few little adjustments there that could have happened throughout the game, reflecting on it now.

"As a player you've just got to make sure you keep building on those things and make sure that you understand about those mistakes and how it can have an impact on the game.

"I feel like I've got a good understanding of that now and along with my teammates, I'll make sure I keep working hard on those small errors and make sure it doesn't happen again. It's a great opportunity for us to do that over the next few weeks."

Folau suffered his own yips under the high ball after he injured his ankle during the 2015 World Cup. His lack of confidence in the air proved costly with the Wallabies star failing to score a single try at the tournament, while Beale languished on the bench coming on as a super-sub.

Michael Cheika names his 31-man World Cup squad on Friday and while Beale has likely already booked his spot, he faces plenty of pressure from Dane Haylett-Petty, who is one of the side's most reliable players in the air, while Tom Banks has put his case forward with some smart work out the back.

In what would be his third World Cup tournament, 30-year-old Beale will be one of the most experienced players on the plane.

Beale played a starring role in the Wallabies 2011 World Cup tournament in New Zealand, as the side's starting fullback, while he was played from the bench for much of the 2015 tournament in the UK. After his inspiring role against the All Blacks in Perth in Bledisloe I and with the side likely to play on fast tracks in Japan, Beale will likely retain his starting position.

Seen as a 'bad boy' in his earlier years with the Wallabies, Beale has in recent years been a role model and will use his experience to play a leadership role in Japan to help the younger players.

"There's always that type of [leadership] responsibility within the group, but because I'm more experienced now and I've got a good understanding of what's required for being able to prepare for games, big games, I'll be making sure I bring a lot of the younger guys with me and making them feel a lot more comfortable approaching games and I think just letting them know to embrace the occasion. Everyone's got a responsibility there, to help each other out and to keep pushing each other to be better."