Beale embraces change

Date published: December 12 2015

Wallabies utility back Kurtley Beale said he has absolutely no qualms about playing at full-back for the Waratahs during the 2016 Super Rugby campaign.

Beale is expected to take over from Israel Folau, who will move into the midfield for the New South Wales-based franchise next season.

The change will not require that much adjustment from Beale, who has played in several positions throughout his career.

"I'm pretty used to the idea of being moved to different positions, wherever the coach feels he needs me to be," Beale told the Sunday Telegraph.

"Being at the back will obviously give me more opportunity to run with the ball, but I don't think my role within the team to be that second ballplayer will change," added Beale, who has actually embraced the idea of fulfilling a different role within the squad.

"I experienced that throughout the World Cup with Matt Giteau, we mixed and matched being that second ballplayer and had a really good understanding of each other.

"I'm very open to the switch, obviously Daryl's got some ideas there and different combinations he'd like to try, and the team comes first.

"For me to swap or change positions, I wouldn't be disappointed about it because what matters is the team moving forward and getting wins.

"With Izzy moving to the front line, that's going to be exciting and will give other teams a different picture to look at, that's definitely going to be a trick for us to pull out at certain stages in the competition."