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Beale Wasps move not about money

Wednesday, August 31 2016 by SNTV
  • Australia full-back Kurtley Beale says his move to the English Premiership club Wasps was motived by ambition and a desire to win silvererware and not money.

    Australian Kurtley Beale has become one of English club's rugby's highest-profile recruits after joining Wasps from Australia side Waratahs in in May.

    Beale joins a club who reached the Premiership semi-finals last season, losing to Exeter Chiefs, after finishing third in the regular season table. And he has ambitions for the club to achieve more this season.

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Kurtley Beale, Wasps and Australia:

    "Obviously every player wants to win a Premiership, wants to win any type of silverware. so I think it's important that we continue to strive to do that but it is important that we stay level headed and stay balanced and let our rugby do the talking."

    The Australian who has won 60 caps for his country, moved despite not being able to play until later in this season because of a serious knee injury.

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Kurtley Beale, Wasps and Australia:(on his injury)

    "No, there is no set date so it is a day by day process for me. Obviously it is frustrating not being able to be out there with the guys but I think it is important for me to really work hard on my rehab and get right. So when I am able to be out there with the guys I will be able to just play the rugby that I want to play."

    The 27-year-old is one of Wasps' marquee signings, with his salary falling outside of the Premiership salary cap.

    But he denies money was a prime factor behind his move to northern hemisphere rugby and insists it's about motivating himself.

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Kurtley Beale, Wasps and Australia:(

    "It is massive. It is a new challenge for me and I have been playing professional rugby for ten years now and I felt like this will be a great change for me to be able to enhance my knowledge of the game and to experience a new competition, to experience a new culture and it is definitely going to allow me to become that better person - but more importantly, that better player."

    When he returns, Wasps will be able to field a player of real pedigree with Test experience at full-back, wing and fly-half.

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