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Beale keeping his options open for 2015 season

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Waratahs playmaker Kurtley Beale says that he wants to play for the Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup next year but he is keeping his options open.

Beale and the Waratahs are on track to reach their first Super Rugby finals appearance in three years but he says that he is also determined to look after his own interests for next season and that includes a possible move to NRL or abroad.

Beale returned to the Waratahs this season after playing for the Rebels in Melbourne and has enjoyed some of his best form although he is still making appearances for the Wallabies off the bench and not in the starting line up.

“I want it to be right for me. Especially if I’m not starting in the Wallabies, I have to look after my future,” he told Fairfax.

“There are a lot of players in front of me at the moment and I have to weigh up my options. The only thing that can help me is to stay focused, keep my head down, play good consistent rugby, and hopefully that will help me with the decision.

“I know where I’m at rugby-wise, but if they see it differently then that’s when I have to start to look at the other options that I have.”

The Waratahs are believed to have re-signed resurgent Test back Rob Horne but Beale’s future is still up in the air.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika will be concerned that 25-year-old playmaker could slip through their grasp just as second rower Kane Douglas did when he announced that he was off to play in France.

The ARU now negotiate directly with the top 25 or so players in Australia and it is believed that they have tabled an offer to Beale but the 45-Test playmaker says he is in no rush to re-sign.

“The World Cup’s around the corner, that would be pretty nice to be involved with, but I’m just sticking to what I know,” Beale said.

“If people don’t see my rugby the way I think it’s going, then for my own sake I have to weigh up my options. “

“I’m no different to every other player out there. That’s the way it goes, unfortunately.”

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