Beale hints at overseas plans


Australia international Kurtley Beale would be open to playing overseas in the future despite the impact it could have on his Wallabies career.

Under Australian Rugby rules only players with more than 60 Test caps and who have held a professional contract with the national team at least seven years are eligible to be selected by head coach Michael Cheika if they play abroad, meaning a move away could hamper Beale's chances.

The 27-year-old back has made 50 appearances for his country since his debut in 2009 and is preparing for the 2016 Super Rugby season with Waratahs, but he has not ruled out a stint overseas.

"I think I'll definitely, if it comes to that stage, be thinking about it," Beale is quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

"If the opportunity comes up, I'd love to express my interest, but my focus now is purely on the pre-season and working hard with the team and getting ready for the Reds for round one."

Waratahs begin their campaign on February 27 with Beale's position in the team yet to be determined, with inside centre his preferred option.

He added: "Bernard [Foley] and I have struck up a really good combination in the 10 and 12 for the last couple of years, so I'd like to cement myself there and I think we'll start from there.

"There's a lot of guys putting their hands up for certain positions and I'm the same.

"I like to consider myself very adaptive and like to take the opportunity wherever it comes and I guess when I initially get that first crack either at 10, 12 or 15."