McKenzie confident key duo will stay

Date published: September 9 2014

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Wallabies boss Ewen McKenzie is unfazed that playmakers Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale have not signed new contracts yet.

Wallabies boss Ewen McKenzie is unfazed that key playmakers Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale have not signed new contracts with the Australian Rugby Union yet.

According to reports in the Australian media, Cooper is has received an offer from a Top 14 club – rumoured to be Lyon – while Beale has been linked with a move to NRL outfit Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

But despite these rumours, McKenzie said he was not “nervous” that two of the most high-profile Wallabies could be leaving Australian rugby.

“I've kept regular contact with Quade as you do with players around the edges,” McKenzie told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I've had discussions involved around that and I don't get any inkling he's disappearing, he's working hard on his rehab to get back on the field. They're the discussions I've had.

“I haven't been involved in any contract discussions, but I'm not sitting here nervous about his intentions. I haven't picked up any mood that there's any reason for me to be worried.”

McKenzie said the same applied to Beale. The 25-year-old has been working closely with fellow Wallabies fly-half and Waratahs team-mate Bernard Foley and doesn't appear to be unhappy.

“Things drift in and out of the newspapers but they're not discussions we have day to day in the workplace, when we're out there training,” added McKenzie.

“I don't pick up any distraction there.”

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