Kurtley Beale says he isn’t eyeing off the Wallabies No.12 spot yet despite a good start to the Super Rugby season there for the NSW Waratahs.
NSW Waratahs star Kurtley Beale says he is unconcerned how his Super Rugby move to No.12 will affect his Wallabies selection chances.
Last week Adam Ashley-Cooper backed Beale as a candidate at inside centre for Australia.
With Quade Cooper entrenched at five-eighth in the national set-up under coach Ewen McKenzie and Israel Folau filling the fullback spot with aplomb, inside centre appears to be the spot where Beale could get a run.
Beale has combined well with five-eighth Bernard Foley in NSW’s two big wins so far this season to put his Wallabies case forward ahead of Saturday’s grudge match against the Brumbies in Canberra.
But the 25-year-old says he is only interested in getting his new position down pat with the Waratahs first.
“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.
“My focus is purely on the Waratahs. 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 said he believed his roving style was suited to the Waratahs 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 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.”
Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis, meanwhile, has declared himself ready to return against the Brumbies after missing NSW’s big round-two win over the Queensland with a knee injury.
“I’m 100 per cent ready for the Brumbies,” said Dennis on Monday.
“It was just a bit of bone bruising and I could have played against the Reds, not that they needed me. But we thought it was better just to wait another week.
“The knee is fine. It’s feeling good and I’m looking forward to getting back into it all.”