According to reports from the Daily Telegraph and the Times, Australian international Kurtley Beale has put pen to paper on a record breaking deal that will see him join up with former Melbourne Rebels teammate Danny Cipriani at the Wasps.
After reports surmounted during the week in which it appeared that the deal was dead in the water, it would seem evident that negotiations were re-established with the Waratahs star now set for Coventry where he will become the highest paid player in English rugby in a deal worth a staggering £1.5 million a year.
The move has been met by resistance from both Wallabies coach Micheal Cheika and current club Waratahs who have made efforts in persuading Beale to remain in New South Wales, leading to a degree of uncertainty in prolonged negotiations.
Thus Wasps were reporteded to have approached Welsh star Leigh Halfpenny, however, with the move in mind it would now appear that Halfpenny is set for a return to old club Cardiff Blues.
When questioned for his thoughts on Beale’s record-breaking move, Waratahs teammate Micheal Hooper informed that he was unaware that any deal had been finalised, but if true that Beale’s departure would come as a blow to both him and the Waratahs:
“I am happy for him as an individual, the ability to make those decisions is all part of rugby. But for me selfishly, disappointing, because I love playing with Kurtley.”
“I love having him in the environment. Hopefully I will be able to play with him more in the future.”
“You can’t replace Kurtley Beale. You get something different, and that’s with rugby what we will be chasing. At the Waratahs we will want someone to step up and put their own individual flavour on it.”
(quotes via foxsports)
Wasps have been spending heavily in preparation for next season where they will be looking to push on from what has been a superb campaign for the club having reached the European Champions Cup semi-final, only to lose out in a highly competitive encounter with Saracens.
Dai Young’s side will now have their sights firmly set on an Aviva Permiership title as they first look to surmount the considerable challenge of an away semi-final to high flying Exeter Chiefs.
With the departures of key figures Charles Piutau and George Smith, Wasps have made strong recruitments in the form of Kurtley Beale and Danny Cipriani with the club being heavily linked to Toulan backrower Steffon Armitage, who would be a more than capable replacement for the magnificent Smith.
Currently in scintillating form for the Waratahs in this season’s Super Rugby, Beale is set to light up the stage next season alongside Elliot Daly in what is sure to be a dynamic mid-field pairing for the Wasps.
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