Beale set for positional switch

Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been earmarked for a positional switch when he joins Melbourne Rebels next season. [more]

Beale set for positional switch

Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has been earmarked for a positional switch when he joins Melbourne Rebels next season.

The Australian full-back recently confirmed he will leave the Waratahs next year to join the Melbourne Rebels for the next two seasons.

And Beale has revealed Melbourne officials are planning to move him into either the centre or a fly-half role.

''There's a lot of capable outside-backs at the Rebels, and it gives me the chance to concentrate on different areas of my game at No.10 or 12 over the next couple of years,'' said Beale.

"Obviously Danny's  there (Cipriani). But he has a decision to make after next year. So I guess they look upon me as a back-up at No.10 and 12.

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"There are areas I have to work on, such as developing my defence. Playing in the front line results in a lot of traffic
coming your way. So that's an area I can fully focus on in the years to come, and really develop that part of my game.''

Beale's immediate concern is the Waratah's clash with Queensland Reds on Saturday. The Wallaby has been training at fly-half ahead of the mout-watering clash, setting up a potential head-to-head with Quade Cooper.

''If I'm at No.10 it will be a very challenging game for me in having to mark Quade and their big centres,'' added Beale.

''But I've already done my homework on Quade. I know how he plays. We already have a plan in place. He has been directing the Queensland boys around really well the last six weeks, but we are going to try to stop him.

"They base their game around Will Genia and Quade, so they're the two we are going to try to roughen up a bit. And that hopefully will open up a lot of opportunities for us.''

While Beale is committed to rugby until the end of 2013 and is set to face the Lions in the same year a move to rugby league remains a strong option.

''I love league, right from my junior days playing it. Getting a taste of the Wallabies has been great, but league is always there and I've always wanted to go back there.''

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