Australian rugby
Beale set to re-sign for Wallabies
ESPNscrum Staff
February 26, 2011
Kurtley Beale dives in to score for Australia, Wales v Australia, Millenium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, November 6, 2010
Kurtley Beale scores against Wales during the November international in Cardiff © Getty Images

Australia fullback Kurtley Beale has indicated that he will turn his back on a big-money move to rugby league and commit his future to the Wallabies.

The Waratahs star is believed to have offers from two NRL clubs but he now looks set to follow team-mates Berrick Barnes and Drew Mitchell in resigning with the Waratahs and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) for another two years.

The 22-year-old, who was a Penrith rugby league junior, said that he does not want to be involved in the details of the negotiations, but suggested that his desire is to prolong his future in rugby union.

''I'm leaving that contract stuff up to my manager, Isaac Moses,'' Beale told the Sun Herald. ''He knows what I want but there are obviously a lot of options there. It's not all about the money. I just want to keep my consistent form that I've been delivering and the rest will take care of itself.

''I don't want to get caught up with all that contract stuff. But what I can say, with guys like Drew and Berrick re-signing, it puts things into perspective a bit better. It makes your options a lot clearer. When you've got good guys all around you it's only going to help your game and help you be consistent.''

Despite fears of an exodus of Australian internationals following the World Cup in September, the ARU have managed to secure signatures of Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Drew Mitchell and Barnes. Although, Brumbies playmaker Matt Giteau has agreed to a move to France with Toulon.

Beale is now in his fifth season of Super Rugby and enjoyed a breakthrough year last season, establishing himself as first-choice fullback for the Wallabies and starring in the Tri-Nations and end-of-season tour of the northern hemisphere.

''I know there's a lot more for me to do in Australian rugby,'' he said. ''I'm only 22. I still have a long way to go with Australian rugby. 'The forward pack at the Tahs is really good, and with Berrick and Drew, it really helps you to do what you want on the field. I've really been enjoying myself here. But we'll see what happens.''

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