Super Rugby
Beale still open to league switch
ESPNscrum Staff
April 18, 2011
Kurtley Beale passes in Waratahs training, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia, April 14, 2011
Waratahs back Kurtley Beale last week confirmed that he would be joining the Melbourne Rebels next season © Getty Images

Wallabies starlet Kurtley Beale has admitted that he would like to try his luck in rugby league at some point in the future.

It was announced last week that the versatile fullback, who can also play at fly-half, would be leaving the Waratahs at the end of the year to link up with the Melbourne Rebels. That deal will tie Beale to union until 2013 at least but there is no guarantee that he will remain in the 15-man code beyond that.

''I love league, right from my junior days playing it,'' he said. ''Getting a taste of the Wallabies has been great, but it (league) is always there. And I've always wanted to go back there.''

Speculation is rife that Beale will be joined at the Rebels next year by his Wallabies team-mate James O'Connor. No deal has yet been confirmed but Beale did confirm that his good friend is in talks with the Melbourne-based franchise.

''Once I heard he was speaking to the Rebels, I sent him a text to see what he was up to,'' he said. ''Looking into next year, it would be exciting to have him around down there. And where I play if he does come might change a bit.''

It has been reported that O'Connor is being lined up as a replacement for former England fly-half Danny Cipriani, who is said to be keen on a return to the northern hemisphere. Regardless, Beale still expects to be given opportunites in a variety of positions in Melbourne.

''There's a lot of capable outside-backs at the Rebels, and it gives me the chance to concentrate on different areas of my game at No.10 or 12 over the next couple of years,'' Beale said yesterday. ''Obviously Danny's there. But he has a decision to make after next year. So I guess they look upon me as a back-up at No.10 and 12.''

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