Waratahs keen to hold on to Beale

Date published: March 10 2016

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Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson is hoping Kurtley Beale chooses to stay with the Super Rugby side after he received an offer from Wasps.

Gibson admits that the New South Wales franchise can't top the $1.35 million Australian dollars a season offered by the Premiership side.

Beale, who has amassed 60 Test caps for his country, is able to take the bait while remaining eligible for Wallabies selection, as a player requires 60 Test caps to remain open for Australian selection while playing overseas.

"More and more of these situations are going to come up: the fact that rich European clubs can come with bigger cheque books to tempt our best players away," Gibson said on Thursday," Gibson told AAP.

"That's a fact of life. What we can offer is that environment. That's what we can sell.

"We pride ourselves on those factors and we can only just wait and do our best to keep our key players.

"I guess if Kurtley does leave, the Waratahs are the unlucky losers in all of it."

Gibson, who has spoken to the 27-year-old regarding the possible move to England, said the ball is in Beale's court and he is confident that the playmaker will make the right choice.

"Obviously Kurtley's got some big decisions coming up in the near future," said Gibson.

"We've got an environment here that we're proud of. We provide a very stable nurturing place for him and he's done well and I'm sure he'll consider all those factors when he makes a decision.

"Right now he's training the house down and playing particularly well for NSW.

"It would be really disappointing to see him go and we're doing everything we can to keep him."

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