Wasps look set to miss out on Kurtley Beale.
When the Australian Daily Mail reported that Wasps were willing to make Kurtley Beale the highest paid player in the Premiership, fans were caught be surprise.
Although Wasps were set to lose Charles Piutau at the end of the season, supporters and commentators alike were taken aback by the massive £1.5 million two year deal offered to the Australian international.
Nevertheless, when The Guardian picked up on the story, it appeared that it was only a matter of time before Wasps announced the capture of Beale. Indeed, after The Rugby Paper’s Neil Fissler claimed that Wasps had in fact signed Beale, it seemed that the deal was done.
Wasps have signed Australian superstar Kurtley Beale on a two year contract worth £1.5m. A real statement of intent signing. #rugbyunited
— Neil Fissler (@neilfissler) March 7, 2016
However, despite much of the momentum indicating that Beale was on the verge of joining Wasps, little has transpired since then. As a result, some in Australia are becoming increasingly confident of holding onto the utility back.
They were then given a boost when one of Beale’s teammates at the Waratahs, Dave Dennis, suggested in The Sydney Morning Herald, that Beale had grown frustrated at the length of time it has taken Wasps to finalise the deal, and could now decide to remain in Australia.
I think it’s probably just a little bit frustrating for Kurtley [that] it’s taken so long to sort out whether he is going or not.
I know there’s an opportunity for him, but if it falls through it’s a pretty good result for Australian rugby if he stays here.
Indeed, speaking on Fox Sports’ Rugby 360, host Greg Martin, claimed that the deal bringing Beale to Wasps may have fallen through. As a result, the Premiership club have instead made contact with British and Irish Lions fullback, Leigh Halfpenny.
Leigh Halfpenny, of course the great British Lions fullback, he was approached last week to go to Wasps, and he said, ‘oh, I thought you had Kurtley Beale?’ It may fall through this deal [for Beale].
Wasps previously registered an interest in Halfpenny last December, but the fullback instead decided to remain at Toulon for at least another season. However, as his contract with the French giants is set to expire in the summer of 2017, Dai Young could yet move for the place kicker.
Nevertheless, Wasps could potentially face competition from the likes of the Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets, who in conjunction with the Welsh Rugby Union, wanted to bring halfpenny back to Wales on a national dual contract last year.
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