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Kurtley Beale thinking only of Brumbies
March 11, 2014
Kurtley Beale has been a revelation as a second five-eighth for the Waratahs © Getty Images

Kurtley Beale is unconcerned how his move to inside will affect his Wallabies selection chances, after Adam Ashley-Cooper last week backed his New South Wales Waratahs team-mate as a candidate at to wear the No.12 jumper for Australia.

Beale has combined well with five-eighth Bernard Foley in the Waratahs' two big wins this season to put his Wallabies case ahead of the grudge match against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday, and Ashley-Cooper said he's performing so well at 12 is because he understands the demands and what's required at 12 from being a 10" but the man himself says he is interested only in getting to know his responsibilities in the new position with the Waratahs.

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"I'm just trying to get around to all the guys at training, and for them to understand the way I like to play and me knowing how they want to play," Beale said on Monday. "That's what's important at the moment. Working in those combinations and really understanding each other's play. And a lot of that comes back to Bernard, and we are really gelling there."

Queensland Reds fly-half Quade Cooper is entrenched at five-eighth in the national set-up under coach Ewen McKenzie, and Israel Folau filling the fullback spot with aplomb, so Beale seems likely to gain a starting Test spot, form and fitness allowing, only at inside centre.

"My focus is purely on the Waratahs," Beale said when asked about his Test ambitions. "I have a job here to do. The Wallabies, I'm not really thinking about it at all, just concentrating on this week's game against the Brumbies. It will be a big one for us.

Beale believes his style is suited to the Waratahs' game plan under coach Michael Cheika.

"I like to rove around," Beale said. "I like to pick out opportunities when I can and obviously bring a few of the other guys with me, like my speedsters like the Peter Bethams and the Alofa Alofas and the Israel Folaus. The more time we can spend together the better. I think we have a good understanding together already."

Beale agreed that Folau was continuing to improve in his second year in rugby.

"The sky is the limit for him," he said.

"He is a great athlete. He is only just starting to understand the game a bit more on the end of some really good interplay by the rest of the team, which he is finishing off really nicely. The more we can use him in our game the more we can get other people around and getting them the ball and using their speed out wide. Even if he doesn't have the ball in hand he can attract defenders and create space out wide."

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