Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika is reportedly set to reach out to former Waratahs utility Kurtley Beale about a potential return to the club following his summer move to Premiership club Wasps.
Beale signed for Dai Young’s side in May, but did not arrive in Coventry until August after suffering a patella tendon injury whilst playing for the Waratahs in Super Rugby.
The injury forced Beale to miss out on Australia’s three-test summer series with England, as well as this year’s Rugby Championship, and Cheika is understood to want to bring the 27-year-old back to Australian Rugby with Beale able to activate an early release clause after the first year of his contract.
“We’ve had some discussions over the phone and he came to the match against Argentina in London,” Cheika told the Australian Associated Press via Sportsfan.com.au.
“He’s back on deck around December for Wasps, so we’ll see what form he gets back into and what decisions are regarding next year or the year after and his contract status, and go from there.”
Beale has the required 60 caps to satisfy the ‘Giteau law’ and is eligible to represent the Wallabies regardless of what club he plays for, but an early return to the Waratahs would be desirable for Cheika as he continues to try and reshape the Australian backline following a disappointing Rugby Championship and summer series whitewash to Eddie Jones’ England.