Beale happy with utility role

Date published: February 10 2016

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Waratahs stalwart Kurtley Beale is happy to continue with his utility role in the backline and is keen to play wherever the opportunity arises.

Beale, who's been slotting in at fly-half during the pre-season, has played in midfield over the past two years with the Sydney-based outfit.

"I consider myself very adaptive and I'll take the opportunity wherever it comes," he told AAP.

"When I get that first crack either at 10, 12, 15, from there on, it's just about trying to nail that position down pat.

"I feel over the last few years, I've been pretty adaptive to wherever I've been put on the field and I consider that as a strength of my game."

Waratahs Head Coach Daryl Gibson is expected to alter his backline for the remaining warm-up matches against the Chiefs and Highlanders, and Beale said he is keen to play at fly-half in the absence of Bernard Foley, who is not scheduled to play until the final warm-up game the following week, as he has a short break after returning from club rugby in Japan.

"I've told him (Gibson) I will be keen to play there (five-eighth) if Bernard's not there," he added.

"Otherwise, I'll be open to any position he wants to put me in." 

Beale might find himself back at full-back if Gibson opts to play Israel Folau at outside centre, and the 27-year-old utility back has no problem with keeping the opposition guessing.

"I think if he's in the frontline, I will definitely push myself to the back but, then again, who knows?" said Beale.

"It's great that we can swap and change and keep the opposition guessing. I think that's what it's all about."

Beale feels he's learnt a lot from last year's World Cup and he'd like to take on more of a leadership role this year.

"Bernard and I have struck up a good combination at 10 and 12 the last couple of years," explained Beale.

"I'd like to cement myself there."

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