Kurtley Beale has revealed he is aiming to be part of Wallabies coach Dave Rennie’s plans for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
The 32-year old is currently playing with Racing 92 in the Top 14, having joined the Parisian club from the New South Wales Waratahs in 2020.
Beale last played for his country in Australia’s loss to England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final and is yet to receive any contact from new head coach Rennie.
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However, the Australian play maker told The XV that he was still very eager to represent his country at the next World Cup.
“I’m extremely keen. I feel like I’ve got more to give to the game. I’m learning a lot more here in France from world-class players, I’ve got a really good understanding of different plays, I’m in a great position to keep improving as a player,” Beale said.
‘I’ve got to deserve it’
Beale is eligible to play for the Wallabies under Giteau’s Law, which states that overseas Wallabies must have played at least seven seasons for an Australian Super Rugby club while having more than 60 international caps.
However, Rennie is yet to select any player outside of Australia as of yet, although the ongoing pandemic could be a major fact in that decision process.
Despite this, Beale is confident that he can work his way back into reckoning for the Wallabies if he continues to impress in the ‘ciel et blanc’ of Racing 92.
“There hasn’t been any contact from Dave at this stage but my focus is just on playing really well consistently for Racing. Hopefully I’m noticed and I’m given an opportunity if I deserve it.
“And I’ve got to deserve it. Yes, I’ve had the honour of winning many caps for my country, but the jersey is not just given, you have got to earn it and a lot of young players are starting to prove themselves back home and many others are pushing really hard overseas.
“Competition is healthy for a team and I’ll be doing everything I can to earn another Wallaby jersey in the near future,” Beale commented.
While Beale will be 34 by the time the next World Cup comes around, Matt Giteau was only one year younger when he played a crucial role for the Wallabies on his return from international exile at the 2015 World Cup.
If the former Waratah can continue his fine form in France, Rennie may well be tempted to bring Beale back for what would be his fourth appearance at a Rugby World Cup.